<strong>Kroenke ups the stakes</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Arsenal director Stan Kroenke is closing in on making an offer for the north London club after increasing his share again yesterday.<br /><br />The American bought 90 more shares to take his share to 28.9 per cent &ndash; just short of the 29.9 per cent needed to trigger a formal takeover bid.<br /><br /><strong>Rob is Key to Kent plans</strong><br />CRICKET: Captain Rob Key has turned down interest from Surrey to sign a new extended contract with Kent.<br /><br />Key, who led the county to promotion from County Championship division two last year, signs a new long-term deal and will remain as captain for the 2010 season.<br /><br /><strong>Rose in the chasing pack</strong><br />GOLF: Justin Rose enjoyed a successful return to the European Tour with a seven-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Portugal Masters.<br /><br />Rose lies in a share of second with three other players, two shots behind Italian Francesco Molinari, who fired an eagle and eight birdies in a 63. <br />