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Ones to watch

Edwin Van Der Sar (SUPPLIED)

By Ahmad Lala

Yelena Isinbayeva

This week, the Russian pole vault world record holder signed a sponsorship contract with Chinese sportswear retailer, Li Ning, worth $1.5 million (Dh5.52m) annually.

The five-year deal is the largest for any track athlete – male or female.

The 26-year-old can be caught in her new kit this weekend at the indoor meet in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Alex Rodriguez

The New York Yankees star will return to pre-season training with the team this week, after confessing that he took performance enhancing drugs during the 2001-2003 seasons.

The admission by baseball's highest paid player, in his second year of a record 10-year, $275 million deal, may dampen the spirit of his team-mates looking forward to playing in their new stadium for the first time.

Edwin Van Der Sar

November 8, 2008 was the last time the Manchester United keeper conceded a Premier League goal and he will look to continue his record run of 13 clean-sheets on Tuesday against his former club, Fulham.

Todd Blackadder

The new Crusaders coach has big boots to fill as the Super 14 season kicks-off today. The New Zealand outfit have won 10 of their past 13 tournaments – seven of them under his predecessor Robbie Deans. Now the former team captain will have to prove his worth all over again and, to make matters worse, he will be missing inspirational fly-half Dan Carter, who is playing in France.

Sulieman Benn

The debutant West Indies spinner claimed eight wickets while helping his team thrash England last week. He gets a further chance to torment the tourists in the second Test, which ends on Tuesday.