Nice and kneesy does it: Anne Keothavong ANNE KEOTHAVONG admits she is working hard on her injured knee -- despite the threat of serious problems later in life. The British No1 laments: Im resigned to the fact that when Im older and less active Ill suffer from arthritis for sure. Keothavong, 25, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in her left knee while playing doubles in Stanford, California, in July and hasnt played since. She revealed on her Tennishead blog: Every day Im challenged by what I have to do to make my leg and knee stronger and every week I notice an improvement. Its not just the strength Im working on but my range, flexibility and balance and all these little improvements I make each week give me more confidence. Fortunately, there havent been any setbacks although that doesnt mean I dont feel discomfort in my knee. Every morning when I wake up it often feels quite stiff and it creaks a bit but thats something Ive got used to and Im resigned to the fact that when Im older and less active Ill suffer from arthritis for sure. Keothavong added: Its been over three months now since I last played and Im beginning to miss it. Every professional athlete has that competitive fire in them and Ive been throwing myself in to the rehab and training. Im still a healthy young woman with a loving family which is more than most people can ask for. Sometimes, youve just got to look at the bigger picture and be thankful. London Lite Wednesday, 28 October 2009 43 I lied to escape drug ban, reveals Agassi Crystal clear: Andre Agassi admits he lied to the ATP after a positive dope test in 1997 ANDRE AGASSI has admitted he lied to tennis offi- cials about his drug use to escape a ban. Agassi, whose autobiography Open is published next month, admits he used the highly-addictive crystal methamphetamine in 1997. Agassi also revealed that he failed a drug test that yearbutmanagedtoconvincetheATP nottopunish him after arguing it was accidental. The39-year-old,whoretiredin 2006 after winning eight GrandSlams,haswritten about being introduced tocrystalmethwhilesit- ting at home with his one- time assistant called Slim. He said: Slim dumps a smallpileof powderonthe coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon Ive just crossed.Agassirevealedhefailedadrugstestinthe autumn of 1997, when he fell to No 141 in the world rankings. He recalls: I write a letter to the ATP. Its filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth. I say I drank accidentally from one of Slims spiked sodas. I feel ashamed. I promise myself this lie is theendof it.TheATPbelievehisaccountandthe case was withdrawn. by neal collins FOUR ACES lEFt WItH RED FACES MARtINA HINGIS Tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon in 2007. She was banned for two years and quit the sport. Has repeatedly protested her innocence, saying she would be terrified of taking drugs. JENNIFER CAPRIAtI Won Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, at the age of 16. But she then went off the rails and was arrested for marijuana possession. Rebuilt her career and won three grand slam singles titles. RICHARD GASQUEt The Frenchman was suspended in May this year, pending an investigation into a failed drugs test at the Miami Masters in March. He was cleared after explaining the drug had entered his system after kissing an unidentified woman at a nightclub. GREG RUSEDSKI Tested positive for nandrolone in 2003. The news was revealed in January 2004 and two months later Rusedski was cleared after successfully arguing that any excess levels in his system must have been mistakenly given to him by ATP trainers. Icouldsuffer arthritislater inlife,admits Keothavong CloseofplayforumpireShepherd,agreatpal RENOWNED Test umpire David Shepherd has died after a long battle with cancer, his former club Gloucestershire have confirmed. Shepherd was a batsman for the county for 14 years but came to prominence as a leading umpire, standing in 92 Tests around the world. He was perhaps most famous for his one-legged jigs when the score reached 111, 222 or 333, known as a Nelson. He retired in 2005 but was struck by cancer soon after and has died aged 68. A tearful Dickie Bird, who regularly stood opposite Shepherd in Tests and one-day internationals, said: Im very sad and shocked its happened. He was a fine umpire. We umpired together all over the world. He was a character, a great man, and a tremendous bloke. Ive lost a great friend. Gloucestershire chairman John Light said: He was friendly, outgoing and straightforward. He believed cricket was a simple game and he took a straightforward approach to it in his cricket and his umpiring. He always put a smile on your face. by neal collins Cap that: David Shepherd in his Test umpiring prime by james goldman LITESPORT H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html