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Earls is not taking place for granted

RUGBY: Keith Earls has refused to interpret his selection at outside centre for Ireland Wolfhounds' clash with England Saxons tonight as any kind of RBS 6 Nations hint.

The 39-cap Munster back has battled a string of knee and groin injuries since his last Test cap, in Ireland's 22-15 Six Nations defeat to Italy in March 2013.

"I've been in here a few times but haven't lasted the week with injuries and what-not," said Earls.

"I'm just happy to be injury-free at the moment. It's been the bones of two years, so I'm very excited.

"It's great to get through the week and put my hand up for selection - I don't care what position it is in.

"I think going by the way Joe (Schmidt) has worked the last year, he picks his squad and anyone can come in at any stage.

"We're blessed with a lot of backs who can play in multiple positions, so to go out and beat England Saxons, that's all we're worrying about."

Seahawks boosted

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: All-Pros Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman were full participants as the Seattle Seahawks held their first full Super Bowl practice of the week.

Seattle's entire 53-man squad took park in practice at Arizona State University. Thomas dislocated a shoulder in the NFC championship game win over Green Bay and sat out two days of practice last week. Thomas was limited in Seattle's last practice before leaving for Arizona.

Sherman sprained an elbow against the Packers, but was fully practicing last week. Also full participants for Seattle were guard JR Sweezy (ankle), running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and tackle Justin Britt (knee).

Alonso all revved up

FORMULA 1: Fernando Alonso said he was ready to write a fresh chapter at McLaren as his new Formula One team unveiled their 2015 car at the start of a new era with engine partners Honda.

"My motivation could not be stronger for the new season," said the double world champion, who has returned to McLaren from Ferrari, after the MP4-30 car was revealed in an online presentation.

"I've done a lot of training during the winter break, to reach my peak physical fitness, and I've been working hard in preparation for this new era of McLaren-Honda," he added.