Why Terry didn't have the balls to meet this Everton mascot, plus Chelsea's big media blackout and Brighty crawls to the cheat

Everton tried very hard - but failed - to persuade John Terry to pose for photos with one of their mascots before last week's stirring win against Chelsea.

Perhaps understandable as the mascot in question was not a little lad decked out in replica kit, but a campaigner for male cancer awareness, dressed up as a giant pair of hairy gonads and rejoicing under the name of Mr Testicles.

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Meanwhile, how did Chelsea deal with players gossiping about their skipper during a week of revelations about JT's busy private life?

Simple: They temporarily cancelled newspaper deliveries to the club's Cobham training base and also blocked news programmes from the HQ's satellite package so stars could not follow developments on Sky Sports News.

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One columnist was a bit overimpressed with Terry's performance against Arsenal last Sunday, writing in freebie paper Metro: "He held his nerve and form and as a shining example of what a manager expects from his captain... This week would have crushed a weaker man".

But then the columnist in question was Mark Bright, who days earlier had apologised to Terry after sending crude jokes about him to thousands of his followers on internet messaging site Twitter.

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