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<strong>Ferguson remarks probed by FA</strong><br />FOOTBALL: The Football Association has asked Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to explain his remarks about referee Alan Wiley&rsquo;s alleged lack of fitness.<br /><br />Ferguson said Wiley had struggled to keep pace during United 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.<br /><br /><strong>Tonsillitis floors Radcliffe</strong><br />ATHLETICS: Britain&rsquo;s Paula Radcliffe has been forced to withdraw from Sunday&rsquo;s World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham with tonsillitis.<br /><br />It is the latest setback to befall the marathon world record holder, 35, who is on a course of antibiotics. She said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m devastated not to be able to compete in Birmingham.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Deng excited by homecoming</strong><br />BASKETBALL: British Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng is relishing a rare chance to perform in front of a home crowd tonight at London&rsquo;s 02.<br /><br />The 24-year-old, who missed the recent European Championships through injury, and faces Utah Jazz in the NBA&rsquo;s latest visit to the capital. Deng said: &ldquo;It will be great to see joy in the British fans&rsquo; eyes to see me in a Bulls jersey.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Barrichello cagey on title hopes</strong><br />FORMULA ONE: Title hopeful Rubens Barrichello is refusing to look at the drivers&rsquo; standings with two races left to go.<br /><br />Barrichello is 14 points behind Brawn GP team-mate Jenson Button, and will only think about his chances again after this month&rsquo;s Brazilian Grand Prix.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;I am not calculating what I can or can&rsquo;t do, it is the fact of going there, winning the race and seeing later.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Azam set for Borthwick verdict</strong><br />RUGBY UNION: Gloucester hooker Olivier Azam today faces a Rugby Football Union hearing over the incident that injured England skipper Steve Borthwick&rsquo;s eye.<br /><br />The Frenchman insists the contact from his boot during Saracens&rsquo; win on 27 September was accidental. Borthwick is expected to be out for another 10 days.