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Rory McIlroy plans humanitarian mission to Haiti

McIlroy plans humanitarian mission to Haiti during build-up to Masters

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Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

15:14 GMT, 25 March 2013

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15:14 GMT, 25 March 2013

Rory McIlroy will spend part of his week before the Masters on a humanitarian mission in Haiti.

McIlroy says he will meet with children and their families April 1 and 2 to see how their lives have changed since the 2010 earthquake that ravaged the country. McIlroy also made a trip to Haiti before going to the U.S. Open in 2011. He won his first major at Congressional with a record score.

Heading back: McIlroy will return to Haiti, where he spent time in 2011

Heading back: McIlroy will return to Haiti, where he spent time in 2011 following the disastrous earthquake

Laying low: McIlroy has been spending time with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Florida

Laying low: McIlroy has been spending time with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Florida

Laying low: McIlroy has been spending time with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Florida

McIlroy is an Ireland ambassador to UNICEF and has geared his own charity work toward children.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland says he is excited to return. He calls Haiti an inspiring and humbling country where children face daily struggles. McIlroy says he hopes his presence can create international awareness of the plight Haitian children are facing.

Out on the range: McIlroy rocked up at a local course to hit some ball on the driving range

Out on the range: McIlroy recently rocked up at a local course in Miami to hit some ball on the driving range

Out on the range: McIlroy rocked up at a local course to hit some ball on the driving range

Ledley King backs Tottenham to win Premier League

Spurs can be Kings of England in two years, says former skipper Ledley

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David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:59 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 March 2013

Ledley King believes Tottenham could win the Premier League within two years.

The former Spurs defender, who works as an ambassador at the club following his retirement through injury, is impressed with manager Andre Villa-Boas and his squad.

And King has forecast exciting times ahead for the north London club.

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

'I rate the current Spurs team very highly,' he told the BBC.

'I think we've got a young and ambitious manager who's great and is going to do well for the club.

'I think we've got a great group of players at a good age where they're improving all the time and reaching their peak.

'The way the team are progressing at the minute, hopefully in the next year or two they will be really challenging for the Premier League.'

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League as they fight for a place in next season's Champions League.

'It's a big club and you've got to make sure it's not just a one-off, you've got to keep doing it,' King added.

'Hopefully we can qualify this season and continue doing that for the future.'

Path cleared for Bolt to compete at Olympic Stadium after Osborne grants tax exemption to athletes

Path cleared for Bolt to compete in London on Games anniversary after Osborne grants tax exemption to athletes

chairman and Olympics legacy ambassador Lord Coe, who had lobbied for the exemption.

Star attraction: Bolt was not expected to compete at this year's London Grand Prix

Star attraction: Bolt was not expected to compete at this year's London Grand Prix

Osborne said: 'The Government is
determined to do everything possible to secure the Olympic legacy and I
am delighted to grant this exemption.'

The
world's leading athletes have made a habit of withdrawing from the
London Grand Prix in recent years but after it was moved to the Olympic
Stadium from its usual home of Crystal Palace to mark the one-year
anniversary of the start of the Olympics, the need for Bolt and Co to
compete was made apparent to Osborne.

The
Grand Prix – predicted to be a sell-out – is expected to be held over
two days, starting with an evening session on Friday, July 26.

U-turn: The door is open for Bolt to return to the Olympic Stadium

U-turn: The door is open for Bolt to return to the Olympic Stadium

Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, has welcomed Osborne’s decision: 'It’s good news for the Diamond League meeting and British sport in general.

'The rules were discouraging a lot of the top stars from competing in the UK when they had options elsewhere.'

He added: 'I think it’s about two weeks before the World Championships, which is quite late, but it’s London and it’s the Olympic Stadium again so it obviously has an attraction.'

Usual setting: Crystal Palace will not be hosting the Grand Prix this year

Usual setting: Crystal Palace will not be hosting the Grand Prix this year

Osborne's exemption covers appearances fees, prize money and sponsorship income but it only covers non-resident athletes.

Both London 2012 and the 2011 Champions League final were granted similar exemptions, and this year's Champions League final and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year will be too.

Kenny Dalglish lined up for Liverpool return

Liverpool line up offer to bring King Kenny back to Anfield – as an ambassador

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:04 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 10 January 2013

Liverpool are hoping to lure Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish back in an ambassadorial role.

Dalglish was sacked in May following an 18-month spell as boss, having taken over from Roy Hodgson in January 2011.

Although Dalglish took up a similar position before his appointment as manager – and was involved in the club's academy – it is unclear whether he would be open to the idea of a return.

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Since being replaced by former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, the 61-year-old has only been to Anfield once this season to watch Liverpool in action.

Dalglish, who played more than 350 times for the club, has always been held in high esteem by the supporters.

And Liverpool are keen for him to help attract lucrative sponsorship deals, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After his departure last summer, Dalglish gave the impression that he was warm to the idea of returning to Liverpool.

He said at the time: 'I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.'

Liverpool owner John W Henry also hinted he would have his former manager back, describing Dalglish as 'part of the family'.

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

Fabrice Muamba inspires Owen Coyle to launch first aid sessions for coaches

Coyle launches Muamba-inspired project to teach Scottish coaches vital first aid skills

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20:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Former Bolton manager Owen Coyle has launched a first aid project that could help grassroots players receive the treatment that saved Fabrice Muamba's life.

The Scottish Football Partnership project will teach more than 1,000 coaches in Scotland first aid techniques, including CPR.

Coyle was present when Muamba underwent emergency treatment on the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in March.

Fabrice Muamba

Fortunate: Fabrice Muamba survived a potentially fatal incident when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

And after witnessing the way that treatment allowed Muamba – whose heartbeat was lost for 78 minutes – to make a full recovery, Coyle is keen to help others get that same chance.

Coyle said: 'I was very humbled and delighted to be asked to be involved. I drove up [to Scotland] from England to play such a small part today because it's something that I think is very important.

'There are over a thousand places for people to have this training, and if it helps one kid it's fantastic to have that education and be on hand to help in such a situation.

'There are games going on up and down the country all weekend and there might not be people with the right training to deal with the situation. Hopefully this will help.'

Muamba was consequently forced to retire from professional football at the age of 24 and has himself promoted similar schemes.

Coyle added: 'Fabrice is a tremendous ambassador. He is such an outstanding man, and a very clever lad.

'There will be doors that open for Fabrice and he'll excel at whatever he undertakes. But he knows how important that is.

'He has put himself in many situations to help with similar projects and that's all credit to him.

Owen Coyle

Devastated: A helpless Coyle was forced to watch on in disbelief as Muamba was being treated

'Whatever you ask, Fabrice is only too willing to help. That's his nature, he is a very caring young man.

'He will tell you he is only too thankful for all the help he had from the medical staff. And he is only too willing to help in any respect.'

The course was developed by Hampden's National Sports Medicine Institute whose director Dr John MacLean joined Coyle at the launch on Tuesday.

Tottenham vs Bolton

Horror: Those present could no longer watch as it was feared the midfielder was losing his fight to survive

Dr MacLean, also the Scottish Football Association medical officer, said: 'Nowadays we are pretty well organised medically at the top end in sport but the beauty of this course is it's designed for the parent or the coach or even the athlete.

'We are really keen to see someone at every pitch, every swimming pool and every athletics track with this training.

The launch comes almost five years after Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing with heart failure in a match against Dundee United.

Dr MacLean believes the new project is another step in trying to prevent similar tragedies.

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Gone but not forgotten: The 2007 death of Phil O'Donnell while playing for Motherwell has not been overlooked

'The medical team looking after Phil O'Donnell were very highly trained and very competent and Phil had the best of care possible on the pitch and afterwards but still had a tragic outcome,' he said. 'The key is we are broadening this out much wider.

'As well as this course, one of the other initiatives, backed by the Scottish Government and Scottish FA, is a widespread cardiovascular screening programme.

'So every young person, male or female, who is active in sport aged 16 or above can get access to free heart screening.'

The scheme will help coaches involved in semi-professional football as well as the women's, amateur and youth leagues.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set to be face of American sportswear firm Warrior

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool striker Suarez set to be face of sportswear firm Warrior

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13:49 GMT, 4 December 2012

Luis Suarez is the man sportswear firm Warrior want to lead their attempts to break into the UK market.

Warrior made their first move into
football earlier this year, agreeing a staggering 300million deal with
Liverpool to supply their shirts and training gear.

Warrior are in talks with Luis Suarez

Talks: Warrior want tie-up with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

And the US company have set their sights on striking a string of lucrative endorsement deals with the Premier League's biggest stars as they look to make the mark in this country.

In addition to Suarez, Sportsmail understands Warrior are targeting sponsorship contracts with Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards and Tom Huddlestone, while Craig Bellamy earlier this year became the firm's first football ambassador.

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

But it is the potential acquisition of Liverpool striker Suarez that the sportswear brand have made their top priority.

And the firm hope their already established links with the Anfield club will help their bid to land the Uruguay international.

AFC Wimbledon part company with manager Terry Brown

AFC Wimbledon sack manager Brown after poor start to the season

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 19 September 2012

AFC Wimbledon have parted company with manager Terry Brown and his assistant Stuart Cash following a poor start to the season.

Brown, 60, had been in charge of the Dons since 2007, guiding them from the Ryman League Premier Division to League Two.

But after a 16th place finish in their inaugural League season, Wimbledon have won just once so far this campaign – leaving them 21st in the table.

Gone: Terry Brown has left AFC Wimbledon with immediate effect following a poor start to the season

Gone: Terry Brown has left AFC Wimbledon with immediate effect following a poor start to the season

In a club statement, chief executive Erik Samuelson said: 'This is a terribly sad moment for all of us. Terry has been a wonderful manager and a fantastic ambassador for the club since we appointed him over five years ago.

'He and Stuart guided us from the Ryman League into the Football League and for that we will be forever grateful.

'On behalf of everyone at the club and all the fans, I’d like to thank them for everything they have done for us.'

First-team coach Simon Bassey will take temporary charge while the club search for Brown's replacement.

Poor start: Wimbledon have not won since the opening day of the season and currently lie 21st in League Two

Poor start: Wimbledon have not won since the opening day of the season and currently lie 21st in League Two

In an emotional farewell, Brown said: 'Last night was a special moment as not many managers get to leave in such a way by saying goodbye to the supporters.

'Stuart and I felt that we had to get a couple of wins out of our home games and that if we lost both games then we would no longer be at the club.

'That is sad, but I will remember five absolutely fantastic years at the club. I cannot say I have enjoyed this season as it has not gone well, but my abiding memory will be our three promotions.

'I will never forget having the honour of being the manager who took AFC Wimbledon back into the Football League.

'It is really important that whoever takes over this club understands the history of this great club and hopefully the next manager will win the matches to keep us in League Two and maybe get us into League One.'

Brown was reportedly left in tears on Tuesday night after Wimbledon were beaten 1-0 at home by Torquay United, their third successive defeat.

But Cash had insisted then that they would not be standing down. However, following further reflection, the pair have changed their mind.

Brown added: 'I really feel as a manager that you have a timespan at a club, unless you are someone like Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, and can continually be successful.

'There comes a point when it is time to move on and maybe a club needs someone else. I may have a heavy heart at the moment, but I will be at Wycombe on Saturday supporting the boys.

'I would really like to thank the board, who have supported us all the way. They have been fantastic, even up until the last week when we needed to bring in Steven Gregory and Will Antwi due to injuries.

'I must also say a big thank-you to the volunteers at the club as they have been a huge help to me.

'The fans have been absolutely fantastic to me as they were even singing my name even when things were not going well and it looked like I would be leaving.

'I will still look for Wimbledon’s results and will still come and visit even if Stuart and I find another club.

'It is not a time for being despondent about leaving the club, it is time to remember the fantastic times that we have had here.'

Gutted: Brown was reportedly in tears after a freak Rene Howe goal gave Torquay a 1-0 win at Wimbledon on Tuesday night

Gutted: Brown was reportedly in tears after a freak Rene Howe goal gave Torquay a 1-0 win at Wimbledon on Tuesday night

In all, Brown was in charge for 266 competitive games for Wimbledon, winning 126, drawing 58 and losing 82.

In his first season in charge, Brown guided Wimbledon out of the Isthmian League with a 2-1 play-off final win against Staines Town.

After remoulding the team before their first Conference South campaign, Wimbledon stormed to the title and a place in the Conference Premier.

They finished 8th in their first season but made an assault on the championship in their second in 2010-2011.

After ending up second, they beat Luton Town 4-3 on penalties in the play-off final after a 0-0 draw in normal time to reach the Football League just nine years after their formation.

In a statement, Cash said: 'I am very proud to have been a part of the management team here and to have helped the club to so many successes during the past five years.

'The club have been fantastic to myself and Terry. Along with the supporters and volunteers, I must take time to thank the club staff and people like Stuart Bassey, Jason Moriarty, Mike Rayner, Trevor Williams and Robin Bedford as they have been a pleasure to work with.

'But we must also remember the players who helped to get us into the Football League. Without the likes of our first captain Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main and Danny Kedwell we would not have got out of the non league.

'You are only as good as the players that you have on board. So many people have helped to make our time at the club a success and played a massive part in our achievements.

'Our first season in the Football League was a great experience for everyone at the club. We have had some big defeats, but great wins too, in particular, the win at Morecambe stands out for me.

'It has been a frustrating time in the last two or three weeks in trying to get a fully fit squad on the pitch and constantly chopping and changing things, but I am really proud to have been a part of Wimbledon’s success during the past five years.'

Wimbledon's next match is away to Wycombe on Saturday.

London 2012 Olympics: Natasha Jonas focused on winning gold

History maker Jonas marks British women's boxing bow with victory

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16:04 GMT, 5 August 2012

Natasha Jonas shrugged off her history-making moment in the London 2012 boxing ring at ExCeL and insisted she is fully focused on winning the fight of her life on Monday to secure an Olympic medal.

Jonas became the first female boxing Olympian from Great Britain when she stepped through the ropes to beat American Queen Underwood 21-13 on the first day of the inaugural women's boxing competition.

But the 28-year-old Liverpudlian is more focused on the task ahead of her tomorrow, when she must fight and beat Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor – widely regarded as the best female boxer in the world – to secure a medal.

Let's hear it for the girl;! Jonas is confirmed as the winner of her bout

Let's hear it for the girl;! Jonas is confirmed as the winner of her bout

Jonas said: 'History and records are great but I'm here at the Olympics and I don't want to just make up the numbers.

'I believe Katie and I are two of the
best boxers in the world at our weight and it's unfortunate that we have
fight so early. She's the world champion but with a crowd like that I
think I have every chance.'

Jonas believes she is a much better
fighter than for the pair's last meeting at the Strandja Cup in Bulgaria
in February 2011, when Jonas, having only recently joined the full-time
programme, was beaten 6-3.

Jonas added: 'When I fought her I was
still in awe of her reputation, which no-one can dispute. She's a
world-class boxer and a great ambassador for the sport.

History maker: Jonas became the first female British boxer at the ExCel

History maker: Jonas became the first female British boxer at the ExCel

History maker: Jonas became the first female British boxer at the ExCel

'But I'm a different boxer to who I
was two years ago. I did what I had to do to qualify and now I've got
started at the Olympics in front of an unbelievable crowd.'

Jonas boxed cleverly against her
experienced American opponent, a former world silver medallist, who
hurled big right hands but frequently failed to penetrate the
Liverpudlian's tight guard.

Flicking scoring jabs in response,
Jonas allowed Underwood to dictate the early pace and shade the first
round 4-3, but stormed back in the second to move ahead, and enjoyed a
spectacular third in which she increased her lead to five points.

Jonas had her best round in the last,
landing a right hand which forced Underwood to take a standing count,
before leaping for joy when the verdict was announced to move her one
big win from a guaranteed medal.

Gold standard: Jonas hopes to land a medal in the coming days

Gold standard: Jonas hopes to land a medal in the coming days

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Luol Deng can inspire Britain to glory, says coach

Deng good enough to inspire my team to glory, says Britain's basketball coach Finch

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UPDATED:

07:25 GMT, 26 July 2012

Luol Deng can be the man to drive Great Britain to success at the London Olympics, according to coach Chris Finch.

Chicago Bulls star Deng is the face of the British team, not only as the stand-out player on court but also as a model of commitment to the team.

While Finch would be the first to say there is plenty more to his squad than Deng alone, he also recognises the huge contribution the 27-year-old NBA All-Star can make.

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

Main man: Luol Deng with the ball against USA in Manchester last week

'Everything hangs together through him and his ability to do lots of good things,' Finch said. 'He has the ability to make his team-mates better by passing the ball, and reacting to what they're doing.

'When your best player is one of your best people and best workers, you have a chance to be really good and that's what we have.'

But Finch also knows Deng's contribution to the British team – which was only formed in 2006 with the goal of playing in these Games – goes beyond what shows up on court.

'His impact on the programme is not to be understated,' the coach added.

'He's made a huge commitment, like a lot of our guys. He's played every summer except when he's had injury, and even before the programme was up and running he was actively recruiting players to the cause.

Inspiration: Luol Deng clashes with Carmelo Anthony during Britain's warm-up match against USA in Manchester last week

Inspiration: Luol Deng clashes with Carmelo Anthony during Britain's warm-up match against USA in Manchester last week

'He's been a great ambassador for the sport of basketball and for all sports in the United Kingdom, playing at the highest level and this year having a breakthrough season to make the All-Star Game.'

Another major asset Deng brings to the team is his ability to play in a number of different positions, something that could be needed if injuries take a bite out of Finch's squad late in their preparations.

Guard Mike Lenzly has a torn calf muscle and Dan Clark a bad ankle sprain, with Finch saying both players are '50/50 at best' to be fit for the Games, with tomorrow the deadline to call in replacements.

Finch will wait until the final moments to make a call as he wants to give both players every chance to recover, but he is confident his squad can adapt if the worst happens.

'We've still got great experience, and having a player like Luol allows you to have great flexibility in your line-up because he can play both forward spots or even at point guard if you needed him to,' Finch said.

'Pops [Mensah-Bonsu] can play a couple of different positions too so we have some versatility to cover for that.'

Romain Grosjean snubs help from Sir Jackie Stewart

Stewart not on Romain's road as Lotus driver snubs help from three-time world champion

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10:15 GMT, 20 July 2012

Romain Grosjean has spurned triple Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart's offer of being a mentor this season.

Grosjean has so far enjoyed a strong first half of the campaign, finishing on the podium for Lotus in Bahrain and Canada to lie seventh in the standings with 61 points.

The Frenchman, however, has been involved in incidents which have potentially cost him points, resulting in Stewart coming forward to assist the 26-year-old.

All smiles: Grosjean (left) has declined the help from Sir Jackie Stewart

All smiles: Grosjean (left) has declined the help from Sir Jackie Stewart

Working as an ambassador this season for Lotus team owners Genii, the 73-year-old this week remarked: 'I said to Romain it would be a good idea if he came up home one day for lunch so we could have a bit of chat.

'It is ridiculous in Formula One we don't have coaches. I am not looking to be a coach, but I know I can help him.

'Racing drivers historically have not been great listeners, but I think I might be able to help.'

Grosjean has confirmed working with a mental coach from 2007 to 2009 when he was in Formula Three and GP2, but sees no need to work with Stewart on this occasion.

Help: Stewart offered to lend his advice to the Lotus driver

Help: Stewart offered to lend his advice to the Lotus driver

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Recent newlywed Grosjean said: 'He did offer, but the main issue is the schedule. It's very tight at the moment and I've a honeymoon to do.

'Obviously, it's very nice to have comments like that from a triple world champion.

'Let's see in the future. At the moment it's race after race, and the schedule is tight.

'You can always change. I used to work with a mental coach, but I don't feel I need one today.

'Maybe I'll feel different in the future. Things can change from week to week, but at the moment I'm happy with the way things are going.'

Grosjean concedes the team environment, and not least a raft of computers, aids a current Formula One driver.

'I appreciate other sportsmen have coaches to tell them what to do,' said Grosjean, referring to the likes of tennis and golf.

'We have the data and the computer, which is good for the driving point of view.

'Other sports they have a coach to tell them to put more slice on a ball or get a little closer to it, stuff like that.

'But racing is a bit different than other sports.

'Obviously it's also about trying to stay relaxed, trying to manage your stress, those kind of things.

'To be honest, with the people around me at the moment, with Gravity (his management company), with friends I can have at the track, the engineers, everything is going quite well.

'Right now I don't think I'm over-stressed or whatever, so I'd rather not change too much at the moment. I'm not going to see a mental coach again.

'Maybe in three months I will say I want to work with somebody. It's how you feel inside.'