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Hillsborough anniversary: Liverpool and West Ham observe minute"s silence at Anfield

Solemn silence at Anfield as Liverpool mark the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:13 GMT, 7 April 2013

Liverpool paid an emotional tribute to the 96 fans who were tragically killed during the Hillsborough disaster ahead of their game with West Ham today.

The fixture is the Reds last home game before the 24th anniversary of the 1989 tragedy and there was a minute's silence impeccably observed by all supporters in attendance before kick-off.

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

The occasion was poignant to Liverpool-born West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.

Speaking before the game, Nolan said he believed it would be a chance to commemorate the success of the inquest into the disaster last year.

'We will honour the memory of the 96 innocent supporters that lost their lives,' he said.

'I have friends who were there that day, so it's going to be an emotional day because they have got the justice they deserved.

'We can commemorate it and the people who have worked so tirelessly to ensure justice was brought.'

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Paolo Di Canio"s politics don"t matter, his results do, says Sunderland fan

COMMENT: Sunderland fan of 30 years says put politics aside – it's only the results
that matter

By
Graeme Down, Sunderland Fan Of 30 Years

PUBLISHED:

12:35 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:12 GMT, 1 April 2013

I was at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and witnessed Manchester United beat us fairly comfortably. We were very poor in the first half and just before the break I tweeted: ‘Half-time approaching. 1-0 United. #SAFC #Spineless #Depressing #Championship.’

I think my mood summed up the thoughts of the 40,000 Sunderland fans at the Stadium of Light. Everything our supporters demand from the players — passion, hunger and desire — was missing.

Then the news came through later that evening that life-long Sunderland supporter Martin O’Neill had been sacked.

Experienced Paolo Di Canio has played for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton in the Premier League

Experienced Paolo Di Canio has played for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton in the Premier League

For some weeks, I have noticed along with friends of mine that O’Neill’s body language left a lot to be desired. As a fan, we’d like our manager to immerse himself in the North East, the great footballing tradition of the region, and above all, be proud of managing a great club.

And we are a great football club.

League position aside, we have an average home attendance of just over 40,000 fans, we have a state of the art academy in place, and we have a wonderful football history.

But our club — as many are these days — is run by a foreign owner, Texan billionaire Ellis Short.

With seven games left to go and sitting just a point above the relegation zone, appointing a new manager, let alone one without Premier league pedigree, has left supporters feeling extremely nervous.

Sacked: Martin O'Neill was dismissed after losing to Manchester United

Sacked: Martin O'Neill was dismissed after losing to Manchester United

Poor: Sunderland were again outplayed against Manchester United on Saturday

Poor: Sunderland were again outplayed against Manchester United on Saturday

I expected us to secure a top 10 finish this season. We have spent 30million in three transfer windows, but our squad simply have not been good enough so far. Yes, we have injury problems but with games coming up, starting with Chelsea on Saturday, then the small event of a Tyne-Wear derby against our noisy neighbours Newcastle in less than two weeks’ time, it is a tough start by anyone’s standard.

Di Canio is potentially a good appointment, but this seems to me like another knee-jerk reaction to try and stay in the Premier league. There is of course the detail of another 60million of TV money at stake next season, and which owner would want to miss out on that

Then there’s his ‘facist’ political stance. How will the hard-working fans of the city take to his appointment, particularly given the club’s working-class heritage, never mind the sponsors of the club

Warning: A Sunderland supporters group said they expect Paolo Di Canio to be sacked if he expresses any fascist views

Warning: A Sunderland supporters group said they expect Paolo Di Canio to be sacked if he expresses any fascist views

Club colours: One thing that cannot be questioned is Di Canio's passion

Club colours: One thing that cannot be questioned is Di Canio's passion

Personally, I have no opinion on his politics. Ultimately he has been appointed to get results and keep Sunderland in the Premier League — for supporters of the football club that is what fundamentally counts.

This a huge gamble by our board. For sure, l like his enthusiasm but does he really have the experience at this level The man we’ve just sacked had the experience, and as a motivator he was up there with the best. We all remember what happened to our ‘friends’ 10 miles up the road when Alan Shearer took over with eight games to go don’t we…

Time will tell. His appointment by Ellis Short is either a complete masterstroke, or a monumental catastrophe.

Australian Open 2013: Andy Murray beats Robin Hasse

Murray ignites grand slam challenge with straight-sets victory over hapless Hasse

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01:50 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:50 GMT, 15 January 2013

Andy Murray wasted no time in reaching the second round of the Australian Open with a facile straight-sets victory over Robin Hasse.

The Brit was rarely out of first gear as he sauntered into a two-set lead and the writing was on the wall after an early break in the third.

And Murray closed out the match with minimal fuss to record a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Dutchman.

More to follow…

Game, set, match: Andy Murray cruised through to the second round with victory over Robin Hasse

Game, set, match: Andy Murray cruised through to the second round with victory over Robin Hasse

Easy does it: Murray was always in control as he races to a straight-sets victory

Easy does it: Murray was always in control as he races to a straight-sets victory

Support group: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears (above) and his fan club (below) were in attendance

Support group: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears (above) and his fan club (below) were in attendance

Supporters of Britain's Andy Murray

Supporters of Britain's Andy Murray

Cooling off: Murray barely broke sweat as he began his Australian Open challenge in style

Cooling off: Murray barely broke sweat as he began his Australian Open challenge in style

LIVE World Darts Final: Scott Waites v Tony O"Shea at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship final: All the live news from Waites v O'Shea

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

LATEST SCORE
O'Shea 0 Waites 1 Have your say here

18.18: Waites with the darts in the third leg of the second set, and he's always too far ahead to be under any pressure. Waites goes 2-1 up.

18.16: O'Shea levels it up in the second set, with a double 10 finishing it off.

18.15: The Chelsea pensioners are in attendance. No personalities so far, from what I can see. You used to be able to rely on a few snooker players to make it, but with the Masters starting today, I'm not so sure any will be here.

18.14: Best leg of the match so far, with successive 180s in the middle of it. Waites misses a couple of doubles, but makes no mistake with double four and goes one leg up in the second set.

18.12: Scott Waites wins the opening set.

O'Shea is not at the races in this fourth leg of the match, leaving Waites with six darts to make 42. He doesn't make the first three count, but with his fourth he hits double 16 and puts the first set on the board. He really does look determined here, does Waites.

18.10: O'Shea misses a chance with bullseye, and Waites takes full advantage, with a treble 16 and double eight finish seeing him break the darts.

18.09: This is bringing back nice memories of my own days at the Lakeside. It's always a fun night out, I remember when it was seen as really raucous in Frimley Green, but with the antics of the crowd up at Ally Pally these days, it seems positively innocent in Surrey.

18.07: Waites hits the first 180 of the final in the second leg, and is on a finish in no time. He misses a few doubles, before eventually nailing double six and levelling the scores.

18.05: Waites has a chance to win the first leg with a 170, but falls well short, O'Shea misses a chance with double 16, Waites then can't hit double 20, before O'Shea holds his nerve to pick off a double eight and make sure he holds with the darts.

18.03: We're under way, so we are. Both these men are going for their first title. Who will be picking up the famous old trophy in a couple of hours

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

18.02: It's been some month for us darts fans, has it not All the thrills of the PDC event at Alexandra Palace, with a 16th world title for Phil Taylor. And after a week of BDO action, here comes the climax to it all. All eyes on the oche.

18.00: The atmosphere at the Lakeside is terrific, as the players make their entrance for this final. Plenty of fancy dress on display at what the commentators remind us is 'the spiritual home of darts'.

Welcome to our live coverage of the world darts final. Let's hope for a thriller between Scott Waites and Tony O'Shea.

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

League two team Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local supporters as attendance numbers drop

League Two side Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local fans

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:24 GMT, 7 January 2013

The economic climate has left some small football clubs in such dire need of support that they are having to offer free tickets to the locals.

League two side Morecambe have suffered low attendance rates all season, and are now allowing any supporters free entry to their tie with Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

‘It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere,’ club boss Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

Struggling: Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

‘If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers.’

‘The situation that the club’s in is not ideal,’ said Bentley of the lack of funding that’s left him unable to search out additions to the squad.

‘Everyone’s feeling the pinch and attendances haven’t been what we predicted.

‘We’re not in a position to go out and get players. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’ve got a squad that will give their all.

‘It will be great if we can get a good number (of fans) in and, as I say, they can come back as paying customers. It’s the town’s football club and we need more and more people to back it.’

The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to being the least supported team in the League. The highest it’s reached this year has been 3, 635 for their draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day.

Those in attendance have had little to cheer for so far, with Morecambe currently sitting at 19th in the table.

Luis Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix

Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix in latest tragedy to rock motorsport

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 15 November 2012

Motorsport has been rocked by the death of another biker – Luis Carreira – ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.

The tragedy comes a year after MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli died in a horrific crash at the race in Malaysia.

Superbikes Carreira, the 35-year-old Portuguese, crashed on Fisherman's Bend during qualifying today at the Guia circuit. No other riders were involved in the accident.

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Race organisers said two doctors went to the rider's aid and he was then taken to a hospital but was declared dead about 20 minutes after arriving.

A statement from the Macau Grand Prix committee read: 'We regret to announce that Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, competitor No 33, from Portugal, in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th edition, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon.

'No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend at 15.58. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

'The medical services, a fast intervention vehicle, fully equipped, and an ambulance with two doctors in attendance, which were located at the side of the accident immediately went to the rider’s aid, and as a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Mr Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the Hospital, where he was admitted at 16.08.

'Continuous CPR was performed, however he succumbed to his injuries at 16.28.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the Committee expresses its sincere condolences.

'The qualifying session was abandoned at 16.30.'

Carreira raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team.

David Beckham boosts football crowds in US

The 'Beckham effect' is working as football crowds grow in the US

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 31 October 2012

When David Beckham moved to the MLS from Real Madrid, it was said he had only gone for the money and how he had 'sold out'. But the Americans knew they were onto a good thing and believed that 'Brand Beckham' would help them finally grow 'soccer' domestically.

That was in 2007. Most others had failed, even in the days of Pele, Beckenbauer, Best and the razzamatazz of the North American Soccer League, which eventually crashed and burned after a bright start.

It may have lasted from 1968 to 1984 and gates for the New York Cosmos regularly topped 40,000, but it wasn't taken seriously and was seen by many as a retirement home for some of the world's best players – a final chance to earn a few quid.

The same was said about Beckham when he joined LA Galaxy. But the Americans are beginning to see the effect of signing players like the former England captain, ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane.

Having a ball: Beckham and LA Galaxy team-mate Robbie Keane drop in to watch the LA Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA

Having a ball: Beckham and LA Galaxy team-mate Robbie Keane drop in to watch the LA Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA

While once there was only one game of football in America and it was the gridiron kind, that's no longer the case. With NBC winning the rights to show Barclays Premier League football next season, its seems the popularity of football is on the increase.

While the growth has been slow, attendance figures revealed by FIFA show the MLS is now the seventh highest average attendance in world football.

LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham, the highest paid player in the MLS, has done his bit.

Average attendances grew to 18,807 during their 'regular' season and while that is less than Wigan's home gate for their 2-1 win against West Ham (the smallest weekend gate in the Barclays Premier League) and less than Cardiff, Leeds and Leicester attracted in The Championship in their most recent home games, it is an increase of almost 1,000 supporters on last season.

MLS fans cover David Beckham as he is about to take a corner against Toronto

MLS fans cover David Beckham as he is about to take a corner against Toronto

Stream on: Beckham looks to be searching for the ball in Toronto their fans shower him with streamers

Stream on: Beckham looks to be searching for the ball in Toronto their fans shower him with streamers

More than six million supporters watched matches in 2012 – the first time the MLS has reached beyond the six million mark since its inception in 1996.

The highest average was for the Seattle Sounders, for the fourth successive campaign, with a record-breaking 43,144.

Beckham, who won the 2011 MLS Cup, with The Galaxy has had a successful career with Manchester United and Real Madrid. he signed a new two year contract to stay in America when he was recently courted by Paris St Germain.

Pele (New York Cosmos, left) and George Best of the LA Aztecs were good friends and rivals in the North American Soccer League.

Pele (New York Cosmos, left) and George Best of the LA Aztecs were good friends and rivals in the North American Soccer League.

He will be able to watch more English football soon too.

NBC have explained the thinking
behind their three year contract. John Miller, the NBC Sports President
of programming said: “I have a 23-year-old and a 27-year-old son and I
have a lot of friends who have sons and daughters of the same age – they
have all become Chelsea fans, Arsenal fans, Manchester United fans,
Tottenham fans.

'Even though there's just a handful of Americans playing on those teams, they are appealing.' NBC also screen MLS football.

Pele was the darling of the New York Cosmos in the 70's, but the league petered out

Pele was the darling of the New York Cosmos in the 70's, but the league petered out

THE AMERICANS ARE CATCHING UP (BUT STILL HAVE A BIT TO DO)
Country
League
Average attendance 2012
Germany
Bundesliga
42,387
England
Premier League
35,719
Spain
La Liga
28,138
Italy
Serie A
23,176
Argentina
Primera Division
22,491
Mexico
Primera Division
21,559
USA
Major League Soccer
18,807

Source: FIFA.com

England set for 17.5m boost with Twickenham Tests sold out

EXCLUSIVE: RFU set for 17.5m boost as ticket sales for England matches smash records

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UPDATED:

13:20 GMT, 31 October 2012

The RFU are set to enjoy a record-breaking autumn windfall as the unexpected sell-out of England's Test against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10 will lead to ticket-sales revenue of 17.5million.

All of the forthcoming QBE Internationals – against the Pacific island nation, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – will be played in front of capacity crowds at HQ.

It is the first time that a four-match campaign has completely sold out and also the first time that a match against a Tier Two nation has drawn a full house.

Leaders: England coach Stuart Lancaster (left) and captain Chris Robshaw

Leaders: England coach Stuart Lancaster (left) and captain Chris Robshaw

The union is understood to have budgeted for ticket sales for this autumn series generating a return of 17m, but the higher-than-anticipated demand for the opening game has brought an additional 500,000 profit.

These figures are in stark contrast to last season, when the World Cup in New Zealand meant there were no November matches at Twickenham and just two home Six Nations games, so ticket-related income was particularly low.

This is the fourth time that England have had four fixtures in consecutive autumn weeks.

In 2006, there was an attendance of 72,027 for the lowest-profile of those games, against Argentina, while in 2008 the Pacific Islanders match drew a crowd of 55,427 and two years ago, England played Samoa in front of 70,553.

Big numbers: Supporters flocked to Twickenham to watch England face Argentina in 2006 but there will be even more at this year's four autumn Tests

Big numbers: Supporters flocked to Twickenham to watch England face Argentina in 2006 but there will be even more at this year's four autumn Tests

In 2009, the Test against Argentina – who were still classified as a Tier Two nation at that stage – brought in a healthy attendance of 78,743, but that will be eclipsed by the 82,000 sell-out in 10 days' time.

Ticket sales are thought to account for around a third of all revenue generated by the RFU and the governing body intend to channel increased funds into the grass-roots game.

With three years to go until the end of the home World Cup, a raft of 'legacy' intiatives are due to be announced later on Wednesday, with substantial investment into the development of coaches, referees and facilities, along with a push to introduce the sport into non rugby-playing schools.

Jamie Donaldson leads after course record at BMW Master

Donaldson outshines Ryder Cup stars…but McIlroy and Co are ready to pounce

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UPDATED:

09:48 GMT, 25 October 2012

Welshman Jamie Donaldson left Europe's Ryder Cup side trailing in his wake with a brilliant course-record 62 at the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Donaldson, whose victory at the Irish Open in July was his first in 255 European Tour events, birdied 10 of the first 16 holes at Lake Malaren and then saw his chip to the short 17th lip out of the hole.

Catch me if you can: Welshman Jamie Donaldson is four clear after a course-record 62 at the BMW Masters

Catch me if you can: Welshman Jamie Donaldson is four clear after a course-record 62 at the BMW Masters

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The 37-year-old parred the last and has a four-stroke lead over Swede Peter Hanson and Italian Francesco Molinari.

Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, without a top-10 finish since January, and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey were both in with 67s.

Rory McIlroy joined the pair after a superb approach to three feet at the last set up his birdie.

The world No 1 was back on the course
where he won the Shanghai Masters a year ago, playing alongside 10 of
his team-mates from Medinah. Sergio Garcia was not in attendance.

Game for a laugh: Rory McIlroy (left) kept his Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose amused in Shanghai

Game for a laugh: Rory McIlroy (left) kept his Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose amused in Shanghai

Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose were in a group on four under as the top half of the leaderboard became crammed with star names.

Donaldson told European Tour radio: 'It was one of those rounds where you hit every shot where you want to and every putt where you want to.

'The course suits me. The fairways are quite generous and if you miss the bunkers you can play aggressive golf.

'It's an awesome field, so I need to keep playing like that to stay ahead of them.'

Reading v Tottenham: Alex Pearce wears black boots

Madjeski Stadium match zone: Traditionalist Pearce stands out

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UPDATED:

21:24 GMT, 16 September 2012

Alex Pearce has played every minute of league football for Reading over the past 13 months. But he stood out on Sunday as the only starting outfield player to wear predominantly black boots.

Lone furrow: Alex Pearce (left) was the only player with black boots

Lone furrow: Alex Pearce (left) was the only player with black boots

Freedom for Dembele

Andre Villas-Boas persisted with having two holding midfielders although, as against Norwich and West Brom, it seemed excessive. Mousa Dembele looked much more comfortable when pushed further forward and allowed to make those surging runs.

Switching sides

Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale used to be Spurs team-mates and both played in Wales’ 6-1 defeat by Serbia last week, but were direct opponents on Tottenham’s left at the Madejski.

Switch: Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter played together for Wales

Switch: Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter played together for Wales

All change

Spurs looked most unlike Spurs as their grey and black third strip made its debut. A slight improvement on the lilac kit from last season though, perhaps

Silenced

The Madejski Stadium celebrated a record attendance of 24,160 but the home fans were taunted with shouts of ‘Shall we sing a song for you’ by the 2,149 Spurs supporters. The Royals, however, maintained a regal silence.