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Australia stars Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna suspended after Melbourne Rebels team bus brawl

Two Wallaby stars suspended for punch-up on team bus after embarrassing club loss

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:48 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 24 March 2013

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale and fellow Wallaby Cooper Vuna have been suspended by the Melbourne Rebels after an incident on their team bus.

It followed the side's embarrassing 64-7 loss to the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa on Saturday.

The Rebels said in a statement Sunday that an internal investigation resulted in Beale, who did not play in the match due to a broken left hand, and winger Vuna being ordered to return to Australia.

Punching above their weight: Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Punching above their weight: The Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Kurtley Beale

Cooper Vuna of the Rebels

Suspended: Kurtley Beale (left) and Cooper Vuna (right, white shirt) will not play until the matter is resolved

Rebels coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team 'until the disciplinary process is complete.'

He added: 'The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated.'

The Rebels launched a probe after it emerged that Beale may have punched Vuna in an altercation on the team bus.

Officials initially refused to name the individuals involved but tweets subsequently deleted by Vuna suggested Beale had assaulted him.

'I need to leave right now, this ain't for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il [sic] leave!' Vuna posted in the early hours of the morning.

Catch up: Rebels are currently third bottom of the Super 15 league

Catch up: Rebels are currently third from bottom of the Super 15 league

But Hill added: 'The Club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this Club.'

Reports of the confrontation came after Hill had questioned whether his players had pride in the jersey.

'Our guys just didn't show up and it's quite embarrassing to be honest,' he said after his side's mauling at the ABSA Stadium.

'It's probably the worst defeat I've ever been associated with through the club, and I'm really questioning the pride these guys have in the jersey.

'Even though it's a new team, you've got to be prepared to leave blood on the field when you're playing a team like the Sharks. And our guys didn't.'

Fed Cup team will fight Argentina for promotion in World Group II play-offs

Fed Cup to fight Argentina for promotion in World Group II play-offs

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

10:51 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 13 February 2013

The Fed Cup team's next opponent has been announced and the British squad will take on Argentina on April 20-21.

The team reached the World Group II play-offs after beating Bosnia, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

It's the second consecutive year that the team has reached this stage in the competition, having lost to Sweden in the play-offs last year. This time they are determined not to let a promotion to the second tier of the competition slip through their fingers.

The Fed Cup team celebrated on court following their win over Bulgaria

Victorious: The Fed Cup team celebrated on court after making it to the World Group II play-offs

Unfortunately for the British team they won't have the home advantage, as Argentina were drawn as the hosts.

However, they will travel there with two players who have recently been pushing for a top 40 spot, while Argentina's top player, Paula Ormaechea, is currently ranked 195th, and may not even be available for the tie after picking up an injury against Sweden.

Britain's No 1 and No 2, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, both proved their mettle in last week's group tie's, with only one loss between them.

Team captain Judy Murray seemed enthusiastic about the draw, tweeting: 'Buenos dias Buenos Aires. Vamos @HeatherWatson92 @laurarobson5 @JoKonta91 @annekeothavong @ElenaBaltacha xxxxx #GBFedCup'

Anne Keothavong also seemed happy with the draw, tweeting: 'Argentina. Away. April. Bring it on! #GBFedCup.'

Yaya Toure confident Manchester City can catch United

I'm back… and I'm ready to help City pip United to the title, roars Yaya Toure

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

09:37 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:46 GMT, 7 February 2013

Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure is confident the champions can pull themselves back into the Barclays Premier League title race.

Toure and his brother Kolo, the defender, are now back at City after a month away playing in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

Roberto Mancini's men have been unbeaten in their absence but draws in the last two fixtures against QPR and Liverpool have seen them slip nine points behind Manchester United at the top of the table.

Warning: Yaya Toure (right) is confident Manchester City can catch United

Warning: Yaya Toure (right) is confident Manchester City can catch United

After memorably recovering from an eight-point deficit with six games left to win the title last season, Toure is sure there is enough time for City to turn it round again with 13 still to play.

The midfielder told the club's website: 'We are further behind than we'd like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible.

'My friends are all here and are happy to see me and we are like a family or brothers who will all fight together – and that is a very important thing to have.

'United have a strong squad and, on paper, they have an easier run in than we do but the title race is a long way from finished.

'It only takes a couple of results to go our way and we're right back in it – I'm sure we'll come back.'

Back to business: Toure will concentrate on Manchester City's title push again

Back to business: Toure will concentrate on Manchester City's title push again

City travel to Southampton on Saturday hoping to cut the gap to seven points ahead of United's clash with Everton on Sunday.

The return of the Toures gives City a timely lift in two areas of the field. Yaya's dynamism in midfield has been missed, particularly in the past week, while Kolo will increase defensive options.

City have been short at the back with influential captain Vincent Kompany having missed the past two games with a calf strain.

Kompany has not definitively been ruled out of the trip to St Mary's Stadium but Mancini has said it is likely the Belgian will be out until after next week's FA Cup fifth-round clash against Leeds.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe may need surgery on a pelvis injury

Striker light: Spurs concern as crocked Defoe faces operation leaving AVB short up front

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 28 January 2013

Jermain Defoe has been nursing a pelvic injury and was left out of the squad for yesterday’s trip to Leeds amid fears he may yet need surgery.

Defoe has been playing in discomfort for some time and after a blistering start to the season his form has suffered with only one goal in his last
eight games.

In pain: Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, grimacing during the game against Manchester United, may need surgery on a pelvic injury

In pain: Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, grimacing during the game against Manchester United, may need surgery on a pelvic injury

The Spurs and England striker was not expected to be fit for the Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United last week but was patched up and played 90 minutes, his 34th appearance of the season, because Emmanuel Adebayor was at the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo.

Defoe was able to train last week and the club were at pains to insist there was nothing wrong with him ahead of the FA Cup tie at Elland Road but there is clearly concern behind the scenes.

The striker has had an injection in the hope of being fit for Wednesday’s fixture at Norwich but the fear at Tottenham is that it nags away or worsens and requires an operation.

Top form: Defoe has scored 14 goals so far this season

Top form: Defoe has scored 14 goals so far this season

Andre Villas-Boas has tried to manage the issue carefully, hoping Adebayor might return quickly or that a striker can be signed in the transfer window but it has exposed a desperate lack of cover in a key area.

Spurs went into the season with only two specialist centre forwards, youngster Harry Kane on loan at Norwich and Clint Dempsey, an attacking midfielder who can operate up front, as he did at Leeds.

Tottenham have long been in pursuit of a striker. They are keen on Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo but have yet to strike a deal and they are interested in Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke although this is not something they can complete this month as he has already played for two clubs this season.

In need: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (pictured) was forced to play Clint Dempsey up front in the loss at Leeds and has been searching for another striker

In need: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (pictured) was forced to play Clint Dempsey up front in the loss at Leeds and has been searching for another striker

South Africa 2 Morocco 2

South Africa 2 Morocco 2: Hosts secure top spot after snatching last-gasp leveller

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:29 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 27 January 2013

South Africa grabbed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Morocco on Sunday and take top spot in the final Group A table at the African Nations Cup.

Morocco, eliminated after drawing all three matches, were four minutes away from beating the hosts before defender Siyabonga Sangweni levelled.

Issam El Adoua opened the scoring for Morocco in the 10th minute at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

South Africa players celebrate

May Mahlangu pulled South Africa level with a curling shot in the 71st minute only for substitute Abdelilah Hafid to restore Morocco's lead with a breakaway goal 11 minutes later.

South Africa will stay in Durban for their quarter-final against the runners-up in Group B who will be determined on Monday.

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Africa Cup of Nations – Zambia 1 Nigeria 1

Zambia 1 Nigeria 1: Defending champions hold Nigeria to a draw thanks to keeper who SCORES a penalty at the death!

PUBLISHED:

17:57 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:14 GMT, 25 January 2013

Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene once again proved decisive on penalties Friday as the defending champions held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mweene first saw Nigeria's John Mikel Obi send a spot kick on to the outside of the post in the first half after diving the right way, and then scored one himself at the other end to equalise in the 85th minute.

Hero: Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene (pictured) of Zambia scores a penalty - he also saved one in the first half

Hero: Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene (pictured) of Zambia scores a penalty – he also saved one in the first half

Jubilant: Team-mates rush to surround him after earning his nation a point

Jubilant: Team-mates rush to surround him after earning his nation a point

Mweene's penalty-saving prowess was one of the keys during Zambia's winning campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year and Mikel seemed to be wary of the goalkeeper's skills as his missed kick was weak.

Zambia have now given away penalties
in their last four Nations Cup finals matches and, in an incredible run
of fortune, seen their opponents fail to score on each occasion.

Emmanuel Emenike then put Nigeria ahead with a smooth finish in the 57th minute but Mweene stepped up to the spot himself to level with five minutes remaining.

Vital: Mweene saves a spot kick from Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Vital: Mweene saw Chelsea's John Obi Mikel hit his penalty off the outside of the post

The 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium between the two heavyweights in Group C leaves both teams perilously placed without a win but still with a chance to grab a quarter-final place early next week.

'I'm happy with the result because of the circumstances,' said Zambia coach Herve Renard

'Never forget we had Nigeria ahead of us. We are still alive and we are still in a good way to qualify.'

Mweene slotted home after Emmanuel Mayuka had been tugged down on the edge of the Nigerian area by Ogenyi Onanzi in what looked a harsh decision from Egyptian referee Grisha Ghead.

Battle: Nigeria's Victor Moses (right) fights for the ball with Zambia's Joseph Musonda

Battle: Nigeria's Victor Moses (right) fights for the ball with Zambia's Joseph Musonda

The champions had the better of the first half exchanges as they pinned back Nigeria, who had Victor Moses in the line-up after injury, but laboured in the second period.

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi said: 'I have no choice but to be happy but my goal was to get three points. Zambia were never going to be easy to play against.'

Trumpets: Nigerian fans try to lift their team

Trumpets: Nigerian fans try to lift their team

Eden Hazard ball boy incident dragged Chelsea into gutter once more

Hazard incident poses the question… when will Chelsea rise from the gutter

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

01:13 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 24 January 2013

Chelsea players demanded answers from Eden Hazard in the dressing room at the Liberty Stadium – and they had every right to do so.

They are furious with the 32million man after he dragged the reputation of this club – champions of Europe remember – into the gutter again.

Forget the FA and the lengthy ban that will follow for the red card. This time Chelsea must act. They must take their own action, make an example of a player who has embarrassed and humiliated the club in front of a worldwide TV audience.

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

This Capital One Cup semi-final second leg was beamed all over the world, across north Africa and the Middle East, as Swansea City set off in pursuit of their first major final – a fairytale date with Bradford City at Wembley next month.

They got there, but the enduring memory of last night will be of the moment Hazard lost the plot behind Gerhard Tremmel’s goal. Losing a match is one thing, booting a ball boy something else.

Chelsea’s official twitter feed – which boasts nearly 1.8 million followers around the world – was one-eyed in its immediate response. Seconds after the incident, the club’s verified account tweeted: ‘Has football gone mad Hazard is sent off for kicking the ball under a ball boy attempting to smother the ball rather than return it.’

They apologised for those remarks an hour after the match. Presumably, someone at last saw some sense. But frankly, the club’s lack of self-discipline is alarming. Hazard’s flash of anger is a new low, a despicable act that has brought the great name of Chelsea into disrepute again.

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

What a year it’s been for them. Earlier in the season, John Terry was banned for four games by the FA after they found him guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last season.

In October, the club accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially insulting John Mikel Obi after their fiery 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League. Clattenburg was cleared by an FA investigation.

This isn’t conduct becoming of European champions, a club with so much positive recent history on its side after winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as the Champions League, during the Roman Abramovich era.

With fans revolting against the regime of interim manager Rafa Benitez following some indifferent results, Chelsea’s billionaire owner returned early from St Barts to sort out the mess at Stamford Bridge last weekend. But he will struggle to know where to start after this.

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

Hazard has to be accountable for his actions, sent off by referee Chris Foy after this extraordinary incident late in the second half. Charlie Morgan, son of Swansea director Martin Morgan, certainly played his part in an incredible moment.

Morgan started the day by boasting to his 11 twitter followers that ‘the king of all ball boys was back for one final appearance’. By 10.30pm more than 50,000 were following him and the comments from football fans around the world were a mixture of sympathy and abuse.

Earlier in the day he had tweeted that he intended to waste time to help Swansea hold on to their precious 2-0 advantage from the first leg. With about 12 minutes left, he did just that, holding on to the ball and refusing Hazard’s requests to return it quickly for a Swansea goal-kick.

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

Hazard could have remonstrated with the officials so that they added on time. Instead, what happened next should never be seen on a football field again, a shocking and shameful act by one of the most high-profile names in the game. Booting a ball boy in the ribs was unforgivable. Initially, Hazard seemed unrepentant as he left the field, but Chelsea were left frantically trying to defuse the volatile situation.

Young Morgan, after receiving treatment on his ribs in the Swansea dressing room, was eventually taken to see Hazard. The winger apologised for losing control, but that will not be enough to get him off the hook, with the FA sure to throw the book at him.

His team-mates have had Hazard down as flash and flighty for a while, and it will take time to repair the damage in the dressing room. After this, it will take even longer to restore Chelsea’s battered image around the world.

Chris Robshaw has been named England skipper for the Six Nations as Stuart Lancaster keeps his faith in the flanker

Robshaw named England skipper for Six Nations as Lancaster keeps faith in flanker

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 21 January 2013

England have confirmed Chris Robshaw as their captain for the forthcoming RBS Six Nations in an appointment that will have caused no surprises.

Robshaw has been retained after leading England to a record 38-21 victory over New Zealand at Twickenham on December 1 and will fill the post for a second successive championship.

Northampton forwards Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood are viewed as potential captains, but coach Stuart Lancaster views 26-year-old Harlequins openside Robshaw as the outstanding candidate.

Chris Robshaw will lead England into the Six Nations as one of the favourites

Responsibility: Chris Robshaw will lead England into the Six Nations as one of the favourites

Lancaster, who announced Robshaw's reappointment at tonight's squad meeting, believes the Lions captaincy candidate has developed into superb leader.

'Chris stepped into the role 12 months ago when we were building a new team and he has grown as a captain on and off the field,' Lancaster said.

'He showed those leadership qualities during the QBE Internationals and especially against the All Blacks when the whole squad got behind him.

'We have a number of leaders and I know they will all take this team forwards with Chris as we look to kick on from that result.'

Robshaw will be hoping to continue the success which led to victory over New Zealand

Ice Cold: Robshaw will be hoping to continue the success which led to victory over New Zealand

Robshaw made his Test debut against
Argentina in 2009 and despite his lack of experience, was installed as
skipper upon his next cap against Scotland at the start of last year's
Six Nations.

He has continued in the post since,
missing only the final Test against South Africa last June due to
injury, and has been a key part of Lancaster's rebuilding program
following the disastrous 2011 World Cup.

'Stuart told me this afternoon and I am really pleased to be asked again,' Robshaw said.

'There are other leaders in the squad that Stuart could have turned to so I am really honoured.

'The lads have been great over the
last year and now we our focus is on building on the New Zealand
performance and getting a result against Scotland.'

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns will
undergo a scan over the coming days to assess the extent of the damage
of the knee injury he sustained during Saturday's 36-16 victory over
Mont de Marsan.

Robshaw celebrates with Ben Youngs and James Haskell

Good times: Robshaw celebrates with Ben Youngs and James Haskell

Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster have formed a formidable partnership leading England

Together: Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster have formed a formidable partnership leading England

Volvo Golf Champions 2013: Live leaderboard

Volvo Golf Champions 2013 leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

By
Sportsmail Reporter

UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 10 January 2013

The European Tour is at Durban Country Club in South Africa this week for the Volvo Golf Champions.

Branden Grace took first prize in this event at Fancourt last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Emmanuel Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

AVB left with just one striker as Spurs confirm Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas may be forced into the transfer market after the club confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor has performed a U-turn and agreed to play for Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker will be available for Saturday's trip to QPR but his departure will leave Villas-Boas with Jermain Defoe as his only striker for the next month.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: 'The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

'The striker will be available for
this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out
to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of
the championships.'

Adebayor
had cast doubt over his participation at the tournament, which runs
from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa, due to a row over team
security and unpaid bonuses.

The 28-year-old had a
change of heart after talks with the country's President Faure Gnassingbe at the weekend.

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

'Of course we’re in the Africa Cup of Nations with Adebayor, we will be together in South Africa,' head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International.

'It is very important to have him there because he is our player and captain of the team.'

The development came on the anniversary of the gun attack on Togo's team bus, which killed three people.

Adebayor was on board when gunmen opened
fire as they headed to their African Cup of Nations base in Angola in 2010. Three
people died in the incident – the bus driver, an assistant coach and a
press officer.

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Adebayor will miss the visit of Manchester United on January 20 and could miss up to five games depending on Togo's progress.

Although Adebayor has only scored
three times for Spurs this year, his absence will be a big blow to as the club's only other recognised striker is Jermain Defoe.

Villas-Boas
has regularly claimed he does not need to add another striker to his
squad in this month's transfer window, but he has been linked with
another bid for Internacional and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao in
recent days.