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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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UPDATED:

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

Gareth Ainsworth named Wycombe manager

Wycombe stick with Ainsworth as caretaker boss lands full-time job at League Two strugglers

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 8 November 2012

Wycombe have confirmed Gareth Ainsworth as their player/manager on a permanent basis.

Ainsworth has been in charge since Gary Waddock was axed at the end of September and has now signed a contract until the end of the season.

Joint-chairman Don Woodward said: 'We knew he would be a front-runner for the job from the moment we placed him in caretaker charge, but his outstanding attributes really came to the fore over the last seven weeks and we feel now is the right time to seal our commitment towards him as the next manager of this proud football club.

Taking the reins: Gareth Ainsworth has been handed the top job at Wycombe

Taking the reins: Gareth Ainsworth has been handed the top job at Wycombe

'Gareth has had to contend with a
terribly unlucky injury list but has got the players working hard for
each other, showing faith in some extremely talented younger players and
reaping the benefits with some impressive results since taking charge.

'His professionalism, enthusiasm and
tactical awareness have impressed everybody on the board and we are all
looking forward to working closely with him to deliver success on and
off the pitch.

'Many things will change with him at
the helm, and you will see a stronger and fitter team emerge and
challenge in every game they play.'

Ainsworth has been at Wycombe since leaving QPR in 2010 after a brief loan spell at Adams Park.

The 39-year-old steered Wanderers to their first home win of the season, against Torquay last month, and has reached the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Ainsworth told the club website: 'I’m delighted and honoured to be the manager of Wycombe Wanderers. The club has a big history of successful managers and I will be giving it my all to join that list.

'I would like to thank Don Woodward and the board for this opportunity. They’ve put their faith in me and I will work as hard as I possibly can to get out of this current situation, with the long-term aim to bring success to the club.'

Is the Kick It Out campaign working?

The T-shirts have changed… but has the message got across

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 20 October 2012

What is Kick It Out

Football’s equality and inclusion campaign. They run an 11-day awareness drive in October every year. This year between October 18 and 29 the organisation encourages Premier League and Football League clubs to hold events involving supporters and players to promote the multi-cultural nature of football.

What does that involve

Clubs use a home game to show their support, with players wearing Kick It Out T-shirts. It is usually during the 11 days of the campaign but it can be at any time. Tottenham held theirs against Aston Villa on October 7.

Well-worn campaign: John Terry and Ashley Cole in Kick It Out T-shirts in 2004 and Cristiano Ronaldo (below) wears it well in 2005

Well-worn campaign: John Terry and Ashley Cole in Kick It Out T-shirts in 2004 and Cristiano Ronaldo (below) wears it well in 2005

Cristiano Ronaldo

When did it start

Kick It Out began as Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football in 1993, becoming an official organisation in 1997. They operate on a budget of less than 300,000 per year which pays for five staff and all their activities. That includes the cost of the next two weekends of action — they have paid for the production of the T-shirts that players have been asked to wear and even the cost of posting them to each club.

Who funds them

The annual grant comes from the FA, the Professional Footballers’ Association and the Premier League.

Anything else we need to know

Kick It Out also run their own awareness events. On Thursday they held a free event in London — attended by more than 100 people including police, lawyers and fans — about racist abuse on social media. Next week there is a free Kick It Out seminar about anti-Semitism at Old Trafford.

Guly Do Prado banned from driving

Southampton ace Do Prado slapped with 12-month ban after drink-drive guilty verdict

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 12 September 2012

All smiles: Do Prado leaves Southampton Magistrates Court

All smiles: Do Prado leaves Southampton Magistrates Court

Southampton striker Guly Do Prado has been banned from the road for a year and fined 2,500 after admitting drink-driving.

Do Prado was stopped by police in Southampton on August 27 while driving his 70,000 black Porsche Panamera in the early hours.

Officers were responding to reports of a possible drink-driver and followed the two-year-old car before stopping it in the city's High Street at 4.35am, Southampton Magistrates' Court heard.

The Brazilian-born 30-year-old failed the breath test and was found to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Dressed in a grey suit jacket, grey cardigan and ripped jeans, Do Prado came to court with several minders. At one point he was told by the court clerk to take his hands out of his pockets.

Ban: The Southampton star was also fined 2,500

Ban: The Southampton star was also fined 2,500

Philip Somarakis, in mitigation, said: 'There is no suggestion that Mr Do Prado's driving was affected. He was respectful and compliant.

'He is very sorry to be appearing before the court and bringing unwanted attention on him and his club.'

Mr Somarakis said Do Prado's club had already dealt with the matter but he did not give details of any sanction.

The player, whose full name is Guilherme Do Prado Raymundo, and who lives in Channel Way, Southampton, was also ordered to pay 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

He was told that if he paid for and completed a drink-drive awareness course he would receive a 25 per cent reduction in his ban.

Bellamy becomes Warrior"s first ambassador, signing deal to support charity work in Africa

Bellamy becomes Warrior's first football ambassador, signing deal to boost charity work in Africa

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00:10 GMT, 1 June 2012

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has signed a deal with the club's kit manufacturer Warrior which will see his sponsorship fee used to support his charity work in Africa.

The club's first shirts manufactured by the America-based company, who are just starting a 25million-a-season six-year association with the Reds, go on sale on Friday and Bellamy has become the brand's first football ambassador.

Ambassador: Bellamy poses in Liverpool's new duds

Ambassador: Bellamy poses in Liverpool's new duds

His sponsorship fee will go directly to the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone with Warrior working closely with the Wales international to raise global awareness of his charity and help build on the work he has done to date.

In return Bellamy will also work alongside Warrior to develop its debut football boot collection, set to be released in December.

'While Warrior works to support me on the field, we'll work together to support the Craig Bellamy Foundation off it,' said the Welshman.

'For me, the most important part of this deal is that the money and extra resource provided by Warrior will go directly to the children and local communities involved with my charity in Sierra Leone.'

Charity work: Bellamy in Freetown in 2008

Charity work: Bellamy in Freetown in 2008

Bellamy founded the foundation himself four years ago to provide under-privileged children a chance to reach their full potential through a mix of sport and education, enabling them to create better lives for themselves and their communities.

The foundation is the driving force behind Sierra Leone's only professional football academy and a popular youth league and Warrior will also provide practical support by supplying footballs, boots and kit.

'At Warrior, we align ourselves with athletes who are highly driven, motivated and possess a winning mentality – Craig is one of these athletes,' said head of Warrior Football Richard Wright.

'His work in Sierra Leone is remarkable and we are delighted to help these young footballers of tomorrow.'

James Anderson: It can get fierce but don"t kill off our aggression

It can get fierce but don't kill off our aggression

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 26 May 2012

There may be those who felt I overstepped the mark when I vented my frustration on the field at Trent Bridge on Friday.

There is no doubt the first day of the second Test ranks among the toughest I’ve experienced.
On the plus side, I managed two wickets and a feeling that I had bowled well. On the minus, a couple of edges flying through the slips and one lbw shout against Darren Sammy, which I thought was extremely close.

I reacted. I let Sammy and Marlon Samuels know exactly what I thought of my luck and though my discussion with umpire Aleem Dar was friendly, he did warn me to be careful not to get too carried away.

Flashpoint: Aleem Dar speaks to James Anderson at Trent Bridge

Flashpoint: Aleem Dar speaks to James Anderson at Trent Bridge

I appreciated Aleem Dar was passing on what he saw as helpful advice and was doing his job.
My view on showing emotion on the pitch is that the authorities need to be careful not to discourage aggression completely as this is the very lifeblood of the game.

Indeed, I fear there is a real danger of the game becoming over-sanitised should it continue to try to discourage people expressing their passion and fight.

Some people just want us to play a nice game of cricket, out in the sun, in the park — but the players in the middle are not like that.

Exchange of views: Anderson and Darren Sammy discuss matters at the crease

Exchange of views: Anderson and Darren Sammy discuss matters at the crease

To me, along with all the skill, athleticism and tactical awareness that make this the best of all games, there has to be a place in the game for good old- fashioned aggression.

All sides know it, expect it and actually relish it. Marlon certainly understood.

He knows there is nothing personal between us. But when you have batted in the series as long as he has, you are bound to be on the end of more chat than those who come and go more quickly.
We are in fierce competition out there, we are both trying to win a game of cricket for our country and sometimes tensions run high.

Reaction: James Anderson cannot hide his dismay as Marlon Samuels adds to his run tally

Reaction: Anderson cannot hide his dismay as Marlon Samuels adds to his run tally

There is no point in playing the game if you are not going to throw yourself into it heart and soul. But when you are out there in the thick of it, you are not thinking about the cameras being on you. You are not thinking about anything except the battle you are in.

Surely the crowd want passion and aggression in their cricket. They don’t want players to be robots.
The game has to have that red-blooded element or it can become bland, sanitised and boring.
Of course, I’m not advocating full scale punch-ups.

But when Marlon Samuels came off at the end of his innings on Friday night, though every single one of us had been into him and ‘chirped’ him and his team-mates on the field, every single one of us shook his hand and said ‘well done’ — and that is the way the game should be played.

FA will back Premier League star who admits to being gay

A footballer is gay.. So what, say the FA in new initiative against homophobia

The FA have pledged full support for the first Barclays Premier League player to break football's final taboo and openly admit to being gay.

Justin Fashanu remains the only player in the history of English football to 'come out', but the FA are to provide a secure platform for today's stars to challenge attitudes in the sport.

At the launch of a new awareness campaign at Wembley – Opening Doors and Joining In – FA chiefs also promised tough sanctions on anyone found guilty of homophobia.

On the ball: Fashanu remains the only British player to openly admit he is gay

On the ball: Fashanu remains the only British player to openly admit he is gay

Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England, is to promote a 'So What' culture across football in this country as part of an ongoing commitment to raising awareness.

Although the FA are keen to stress that their initiative is not the start of a witch-hunt to find a gay footballer, Opening Doors and Joining In is designed to diversify the game.

Bevington, who was joined at Wembley on Monday by other leading figures from the FA and former professional footballers, spoke passionately and conclusively about the issue.

He said: 'We want to ensure that if any player wishes to be open about their sexuality, then they can do it with the full support of the FA. We want a “So what” culture in football.'

The FA are encouraging people within the game – spectators, players, managers and match officials – to report homophobia and transphobia.

PFA chief Gordon Taylor has already authorised hundreds of awareness posters to be sent to professional clubs all over the country to be placed in prominent positions on dressing-room walls.

'We want a “So what” culture in football.'

FA chairman David Bernstein has also given his consent to a six-point action plan to create an environment where 'lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities can be actively involved, without the fear of discrimination or prejudice'.

The FA have promised to act against anyone found guilty of making homophobic comments at matches, with the option of bans for serial offenders.

Through this initiative, they will provide educational programmes as the first step to addressing discrimination in all forms of the game.

Yesterday the organisation asked former professionals, including Graeme Le Saux and John Scales, to discuss their remarkable dressing-room experience.

Le Saux, who is happily married to wife Mariana, lived with being labelled gay, which was perpetuated on the terraces, throughout his professional career.

Taunt: Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler infamously taunted Le Saux in 1999

Taunt: Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler infamously taunted Le Saux in 1999

He admitted that as a young man he did not deal with the issue well, but even now suspects it would be difficult for a gay footballer openly to discuss his sexuality.

Le Saux said: 'At the time it isolated me from team-mates and I wasn't even gay – even 20 years on I don't think it would be easy for a player to openly admit their sexual orientation.

Changing times: The FA's new campaign, backed by Graeme Le Saux and Hope Powell

Changing times: The FA's new campaign, backed by Graeme Le Saux and Hope Powell

'My fear is the frenzy that will follow, but football is more multi-cultural than at any other time in its history so it is time for attitudes to change. Modern dressing rooms are full of different backgrounds – I don't think people would be demanding that a gay player changed in a different dressing room.

'Tackling homophobia is a complex issue, but I would stand up to a team-mate in the dressing room if they made an unacceptable remark.'

Scales was so angry with the sniggers in the Wimbledon dressing room that he deliberately courted a 'trophy girlfriend' to take to the post-1988 FA Cup final dinner.

The former Wimbledon defender also revealed that John Fashanu was so angry about a 'naive' dressing-room comment Scales made about his brother Justin that his team-mate took him out during a training session the next day.

Scales said: 'I didn't have a girlfriend before the Cup final, so the dressing room concluded that I must be gay. I almost had to make sure I had a trophy girlfriend to take with me to the reception to prove to people that I wasn't.

'Fashanu over-reacted to a naive comment I made about his brother and he hit me hard in training, but I accepted it.'

Despite the FA's commendable attitude, the campaign has been met with criticism by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The fierce political activist claims the FA are simply paying lip-service to a topic of increasingly significant social importance.

Tatchell said: 'This new initiative is commendable and welcome, but it's full of vague, general pledges.'

Martin Keown: Arsenal are confused, passive and desperate for a leader

Arsenal are confused, passive and desperate for a leader

As a former Arsenal player, I have a lot of respect for what Arsene Wenger and his staff have achieved and I can understand why he was so unhappy with his players after what I saw in Milan.

They seemed lost without the ball. To be a dominant defender, you really need to know the role of the person next to you, in front of you and beyond. This allows you to give information, encourage players and, if necessary, demand the same from your team-mates.

But when players are unsure and confused, you get the passive behaviour we saw at the San Siro. I didn’t see the communication you expect from leaders because players seemed unclear about their responsibilities.

Abject: Arsenal's heads are on the ground after Robinho makes it 3-0

Abject: Arsenal's heads are down after Robinho makes it 3-0

When Arsenal lost possession, Robin van Persie would try to press, and a couple of times Aaron Ramsey would go with him but nobody would come up from behind to support them. As a result, there were massive gaps between defence, midfield and the front line — when they need to be much more compact.

The midfield put no pressure on Milan when they had possession, so the back four seemed perplexed as to how to cope with their movement. They weren’t sure when to drop off and when to push up. In the end some individuals would hold and some would drop off.

It was obvious that Tomas Rosicky, playing in a wide position, didn’t feel it was necessary to track back or help out in the midfield.

Shirk ethic: Tomas Rosicky failed to track back

Shirk ethic: Tomas Rosicky failed to track back

There’s no point having a three-man midfield if you’re not going to track back. As a back four you’re trying to keep the attackers as far away from the goal as you can, but Arsenal couldn’t do that because the people in front were showing very little urgency and desire to shut down their opponents.

The lack of awareness of where the defensive line needs to be is a surprise because when Wenger first came to the club we spent an awful lot of time working on defensive shape.

Maybe the system is something Wenger could consider tinkering with. Perhaps Arsenal should go back to a 4-4-1-1 and have Van Persie playing off someone with real pace at the top of the pitch who can hold the ball up.

Gaping holes: Only Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie pressed Milan

Gaping holes: Only Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie pressed Milan

In my experience as a player, it is so important in these situations that you stick together as a squad, say nothing and trust the manager to find a solution.

That solution will only be found by working at it on the training pitch.

David James fined for speeding in 500 car

Now that's a real calamity! Ex England stopper James fined for speeding in 500 car

David James has been convicted of speeding – in a 12-year-old Vauxhall Astra.

The former England goalkeeper, 41, was caught doing 90mph on a motorway in the V-reg banger, which typically changes hands for around 500.

He was caught on the M5 in Somerset between his family home in Chudleigh, Devon, and his current club Bristol City.

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star – whose string of gaffes on the pitch gave him the nickname Calamity James – then failed to attend a speeding awareness course after being nabbed.

He was fined 275 after being convicted of speeding in his absence on Thursday at North Somerset Magistrates Court in Weston-super-Mare.

The court heard he was caught on the M5 near the town at 8.30am on July 22 last year. Police officers spotted him speeding at 90mph between the Wolvershill Road motorway bridge and the town’s Junction 21 roundabout. James was followed and ordered to pull over.

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

He accepted the option of attending an educational driving course to avoid receiving points on his licence – but failed to attend. The goalkeeper also failed to respond to the summons and Thursday's case went ahead in his absence.

Magistrates fined him 175 plus 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge, and ordered his licence – which was previously clean – to be endorsed with three penalty points.

James won 53 England caps during a chequered career which saw him at times rated the country’s best stopper, while at others cruelly dubbed Calamity James.

He had held the record for being the player with the most appearances in the Premier League, before being overtaken by Ryan Giggs. His Bristol City side is currently fighting a relegation battle, with the Robins languishing in 20th place in the Championship.

PFA launch fresh campaign on homophobia awareness: EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: All 92 Clubs sent homophobia awareness poster as PFA tackle taboo

Campaign: The PFA have sent a homophobia awareness poster to all 92 clubs

Campaign: The PFA have sent a homophobia awareness poster to all 92 clubs

The PFA will send a poster out to all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs to raise awareness of homophobia in the game.

The union has been working with leading figures in the game for the past few months to tackle the issue and will send out the poster to try to create a 'so what' culture around homosexuality in football and reassure a gay footballer that he will have support from his club, team-mates and the wider public if he does choose to come out.

The poster shows two shirts in a locker room – one with No 7 Gay and the other with No 11 Straight – written on it, with the words ‘When you are part of a team you are never on your own – we are all winners. Football is committed to tackling homophobia’.

The poster has the official backing of the FA, Premier League, Football League, League Managers’ Association and the Kick It Out campaign.

Following the poster, an educational DVD on the subject featuring prominent gay sportsmen and women – including Gareth Thomas, Martina Navratilova ans Swedish footballer Anton Hysen – will be distributed. All 92 clubs have also agreed to sign the government's charter for homophobia and transphobia within sport.

The PFA's head of equalities Simone Pound told Sportsmail: 'We are working hard to tackle homophobia and it is something everyone has a responsibility to address.

'We want the authorities, clubs and fans to create a 'so what' culture around being gay in football. As the players' union, we consider it a vital matter. There has been a step forward recently and football is taking homophobia seriously.'

Making a stand: No British footballer has 'come out' since Justin Fashanu in 1990

Making a stand: No British footballer has 'come out' since Justin Fashanu in 1990

The lack of gay footballers has been brought to the limelight by a BBC documentary being shown on Monday night. In Britain’s Gay Footballers, it will be claimed a gay official was unable to talk to the programme about his sexuality by his bosses at the PGMOL.

No player or official in Britain has come out since Justin Fashanu in 1990 although Hysen in Sweden and David Testo in America did last year. English cricketer Steve Davies and Welsh rugby player Thomas are also openly gay.

Chris Basiurski, chair of the Gay Footballers Support Network, is glad to see the initiative after what, he believes, was a lack of urgency by the Premier League and Football League to address homophobia in football.

‘The leagues have not done anywhere near enough on the issue. They haven’t shown any sign that they are willing to take the issue seriously.’

The BBC are still waiting for a complaint from the Premier League concerning Monday's documentary.

The Premier League say they only refused to let the official speak to the programme because it is a policy that officials never talk to the media.