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Chelsea Ladies manager Hayes expecting twins

Chelsea Ladies are current second in the Women's Super League One. Credit: PA

Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has announced she is expecting twins.

Hayes, whose team sit second in the Women's Super League and face Montpellier in the Champions League quarter-finals next March, recently ruled herself out of contention for the England vacancy.

The 41-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea in October and is relishing the prospect of motherhood.

"I'm massively excited to share the news that I am expecting twins in June," Hayes said. "I've got my biggest life challenge ahead of me and I'm going to have two wee ones popping into the world some time in June. Please hold out until the end of the season... I'm very excited to fulfil a dream of mine in becoming a parent."

Chelsea Ladies are also in the hunt for FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup success, meaning a busy few months lie ahead.

Londoner Hayes is confident of getting all the support she needs, after admitting the early months of pregnancy have been challenging.

"I don't understand why people call it morning sickness, because that's not true - it lasts more than just the morning!" she said. "Thankfully I'm in an environment around women who truly understand!"

She told Chelsea's website: "The club have been absolutely brilliant since I told them the news. When I sat down and spoke to (chairman) Bruce Buck about it, he was absolutely thrilled for me and I know I'll get as much support as I need this season to make sure I can deliver two healthy children - as well as delivering four trophies come the end of the season."


England's Itoje will return from injury for Six Nations

Itoje had been injured playing for his club side Harlequins earlier this month. Credit: PA

Maro Itoje will be available for the start of England's Six Nations title defence after Saracens revealed he faces a maximum of four more weeks in rehabilitation.

Itoje required surgery on a fractured jaw sustained in the 20-19 defeat at Harlequins on December 3, resulting in two plates being inserted into his face and raising the alarm that he may not be fit to face Italy on February 4.

But a visit to the specialist offered a diagnosis of up to six weeks in the treatment room, pointing to a return for the final two rounds of Saracens' Champions Cup group campaign against the Ospreys and Northampton.

"Maro is probably three or four weeks away. He went to see the specialist who said a maximum of six weeks and he's already done a week and a half," director of rugby Mark McCall said.

Itoje, a Test British and Irish Lion, departed in the 48th minute at Twickenham Stoop following a collision with England team-mate Mike Brown.

The world player of the year nominee was given a reduced role in the autumn series due to Eddie Jones' desire to manage his workload, missing the opener against Argentina, playing as a replacement for the visit of Australia before starting against Samoa.

Hewitt to come out of retirement to play Australian Open

Hewitt retired from Tennis in 2016 Credit: PA

Lleyton Hewitt is coming out of retirement to play doubles at next month's Australian Open.

The former world number one officially called it quits after his home grand slam in 2016 but returned to the court twice more last year in Davis Cup and at Wimbledon.

Now he is making another appearance, this time alongside fellow Australian Sam Groth, for whom this will be the last tournament of his career.

Hewitt said in the Herald Sun: "It's going to be a bit of fun - that's what the Australian Open is about.

"I'm going to really enjoy it. We've been hitting a lot of balls, hitting every day, and we're not just going out there making up the numbers. We want to give it a fair crack."

Hewitt won grand slam singles titles at the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon the following year, while he was also victorious in doubles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 partnering Max Mirnyi.

The 36-year-old is currently Australia's Davis Cup captain.


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