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New Zealand 21 South Africa 11: Aaron Smith brilliance makes it four wins from four

New Zealand 21 South Africa 11: Smith brilliance makes it four wins from four

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 15 September 2012

Replacement half-back Aaron Smith scored an outstanding individual try to inspire New Zealand to victory over South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium in the Rugby Championship.

Smith, who had been dropped to the bench for a breach of team protocol last weekend, replaced Piri Weepu at half-time and scooted through the defence midway through the second half for the try which broke the 8-8 deadlock.

The All Blacks scored two tries to one to record their 14th Test win but the Springboks had their opportunities, particularly in goal-kicking where Morne Steyn, Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen combined for only two of nine attempts.

Trybound: Aaron Smith skips away from Duane Vermulen

Trybound: Aaron Smith skips away from Duane Vermulen

Rugby Championship table

New Zealand W 4 D 0 L 0 Pts 16
South Africa W 1 D 1 L 2 Pts 7
Australia W 1 D 0 L 2 Pts 4
Argentina W 0 D 1 L 2 Pts 2

South Africa missed two early opportunities, with wing Bryan Habana unable to hold an awkward pass with the line open and Frans Steyn missing a shot at goal from almost 50m on the angle.

But when the All Blacks infringed at a breakdown, Morne Steyn kicked truly from 36m to open the scoring after 18 minutes.

However, the All Blacks struck back immediately, hooker Andrew Hore making good ground and number eight Kieran Read laying on the pass to give full-back Israel Dagg a clear run to the line to make it 5-3.

Morne Steyn was to the right with a penalty from 44m and in front and the All Blacks swept back on to the attack.

Gutted: Jannie du Plessis hangs his head after defeat

Gutted: Jannie du Plessis hangs his head after defeat

Frans Steyn was just under the bar with a penalty attempt from almost 10m inside his own half, a reminder of what distance he is capable of.

The Springboks were giving as good as they received in the forward exchanges, with lock Flip van der Merwe prominent, but Morne Steyn missed his second consecutive penalty attempt.

He then missed two other attempts at goal and the Springboks had the poor return of one success out of six to help the All Blacks lead at the interval.

The All Blacks were fortunate to be ahead, though, as the Springboks had 58 per cent territory and forced six turnovers from the All Blacks while conceding two.

Clearing his lines: Dagg kicks away despite the attentions of Andries Bekker

Clearing his lines: Dagg kicks away despite the attentions of Andries Bekker

Habana threatened early in the second spell but lost the ball forward in the tackle of Aaron Smith and the chance was lost.

Habana, though, gave the Springboks the lead with a brilliant individual try eight minutes into the half. He raced from a line-out 40m out, chipped and re-gathered to score in the right corner.

But Morne Steyn missed again and Aaron Cruden kicked a neat penalty three minutes later to tie the scores at 8-8 as the arm wrestle continued.

Winger Cory Jane had been safe under the high ball for the All Blacks and made another fine take as the Springboks tried to pressurise New Zealand's back three.

Crunching: Tendai Mtawarira is tackled by Aaron Cruden

Crunching: Tendai Mtawarira is tackled by Aaron Cruden

South Africa were kicking too much ball away and the All Blacks made them pay when Smith dummied and sidestepped through the defence from 25m out to score a gem of a try.

South Africa suffered another blow when replacement prop Dean Greyling was sin-binned as he dived indiscriminately into a ruck.

Johan Goosen took over from the out-of-sorts Morne Steyn but missed with a long-range attempt from 55m to make it one goal from eight for the Springboks.

But he was on target from 39m soon after and it was 15-11 with 11 minutes left.

Cruden's two late penalties added gloss to the final score of 21-11 as the hosts held on.

Lukas Podolski confident of replacing Robin van Persie

I can be your RVP! Podolski confident he can replace Arsenal's wantaway captain

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 14 July 2012

Lukas Podolski is confident he can fill the boots of Robin van Perise should the Dutchman leave Arsenal this summer.

The German international was signed by the Gunners before Euro 2012 for 11.7million, bringing with him a wealth of experience.

Fans had hoped the 26-year-old would supplement the attacking prowess of their talismanic captain, that was until Van Perise released a damning statement on his personal website, attacking the clubs ambitions.

Ready for action: Lukas Podolski is looking forward to getting started at Arsenal

Ready for action: Lukas Podolski is looking forward to getting started at Arsenal

Podolski would rather the striker stayed in north London, but says he is ready to willing to step into the breach should the position become available.

He said: 'All I can say is Van Persie had an amazing record last season and hopefully there is a way he can stay with Arsenal. It would be great to play with him, but obviously this is not in my control.'

As for himself, the forward added in an interview with ESPN: 'I can play up front on my own, as a second striker or push forward on the left side of midfield.

'So long as I am playing with adventure, get into position to score goals and give my all to the team then I can be satisfied.

'That's why I'm pleased to hear people suggest my defensive work has improved over the years. I have worked hard on this area of my game.'

And the German has also jumped to the defence of his new manager, who came under more pressure than ever before last season.

Praise: Podolski had backed his new boss

Praise: Podolski had backed his new boss

Podolski said: 'He has a record getting Arsenal into the Champions League every season and his reputation in Germany and all over Europe is very strong.

'What I like about him is his passion for attacking football. He aims to play with style and flair all the time. Those are his principles and he'll never compromise on them.

'Some people are disappointed with him, but they need to realise what a great coach they have.

'Mr Wenger could have moved on to another club, I am sure, but instead chose to stay and build something over the long term.

'He lives and dies by his own ideas and Arsenal is his baby. His reputation has been built on improving players and if he can help me take my game up a notch or two I'll be delighted.

'Back home in Germany, football people think very highly of Arsene Wenger. They listen to what he has to say and admire his achievements.'

Podolski's move split opinion among Arsenal fans, with a small section pointing to his failed stint at Bayern Munich as a reason to be wary of his potential impact.

The German international moved to the famous club from Cologne in 2006 but, rather than flourish, took steps backwards before returning to his hometown club to rebuild his career.

Pick me: Robin van Persie has revealed he doesn't want to stay at Arsenal

Pick me: Robin van Persie has revealed he doesn't want to stay at Arsenal

However, on reflection, Podolski admits he was perhaps too immature to handle a move of that magnitude.

He said: 'I'm not one to look back and say “if only”, but maybe I was too young to do myself justice at a leading club like Bayern.

'Now it's a different story. I'm older, wiser and more mature. I have 100 caps for Germany and have seen so much more in this game. I can't wait to get started in the Premier League.'

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Coventry and Stoke to offer Fleck and Ness a way out of beleaguered Rangers

Coventry and Stoke to offer Fleck and Ness a way out of beleaguered Rangers

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 27 June 2012

Two English clubs are taking advantage of the woes at Rangers and are in advanced talks to offer two of their young players a way out of Ibrox.

Stoke City and Coventry City are facing down the threat of legal action from in-coming Rangers’ owner Charles Green and are poised to sign Jamie Ness and John Fleck respectively for nothing from the trouble-torn Glasgow giants.

Rangers are facing liquidation and a consortium, led by Green, has secured the business and assets in a deal valued at 5.5m.

On the move: Ness

On the move: Fleck

Offers: Ness (left) and Fleck

The former chief executive of Sheffield United is trying to persuade Rangers’ players to transfer their existing deals to the new company.

However, several are unhappy with the proposal and have instructed lawyers from the Professional Footballers’ Association to contest the legitimacy of Green’s demands, claiming their existing contracts are null and void, effectively rendering them free agents.

Ness and Fleck are taking advantage of the situation to leave, despite threats from Green that he would take legal action of his own, suing the players for breach of contract and their new clubs for an inducement to break contracts.

Stoke City are in the process of signing Ness, 21, and a highly-placed club source insisted that they were confident they had acted within the legal framework, dismissing Green’s claims they would be liable for any legal action.

Likewise, Coventry were last night waiting for the new company to come into existence, ending Fleck’s current contract of employment and triggering what they hope will be a successful swoop for the attacking midfielder.

The Sky Blues are facing competition from other clubs interested in the 20-year-old but were hopeful of concluding the deal and, as of yesterday, had not received any information from the authorities that would be a bar to his registration with the Football League.

Rangi Chase suspended on full pay by Castleford

Man of Steel Chase suspended on full pay by Castleford after alleged incident

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UPDATED:

16:14 GMT, 26 June 2012

Suspended: Rangi Chase

Suspended: Rangi Chase

Super League's reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase has been suspended by his club after an apparent breach of club discipline.

Castleford's 26-year-old England international was dropped for last Sunday's 40-22 Stobart Super League defeat at Leeds.

Tigers coach Ian Millward refused to shed any light on the situation during the post-match press conference but the club announced they had begun an investigation.

In a statement the club said: 'Castleford Tigers can confirm that Rangi Chase has been suspended on full pay while the club investigates his actions last weekend.

'The club hope for the conclusion of this matter sooner rather than later and will not comment further on the situation at this stage so to not prejudice the case for either party.'

Chase, who has appeared in England's last six matches including an 18-10 win over the Exiles 10 days ago, has never been far from controversy.

He was dropped, along with Joe Westerman, by then Castleford coach Terry Matterson for a match at Huddersfield in April 2010 for a breach of discipline and was forced to return to Australia last August to attend a court case.

History: Man of Steel Chase is being investigated by the club but on full pay

History: Man of Steel Chase is being investigated by the club but on full pay

Chase caused a stir in October when he switched his allegiance from New Zealand to England and was called into Steve McNamara's team for the Four Nations Series.

He had played for the Maoris against England in 2010 and was man of the match for the Exiles in their 16-12 victory over England at Headingley last summer.

Chase, who last September signed a new contract tying him to the Tigers until the end of 2015, is currently the subject of much speculation over his future.

Warrington are thought to have had a big-money offer for him rejected and Huddersfield are also being linked with a move.

Sajid Mahmood penalised by ECB

Former England seamer Mahmood penalised by ECB for using obscene language

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UPDATED:

19:02 GMT, 18 June 2012

Lancashire bowler Sajid Mahmood has been penalised by the England and Wales Cricket Board following an incident in a recent Friends Life t20 match.

The former England quick was found guilty of a level one breach of the ECB's disciplinary code for using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting during his county's clash with Derbyshire.

Mahmood has received three penalty points – his second breach of the fixed-penalty system in the last two years.

Penalised: Mahmood (right) breached discipline for the second time in two years

Penalised: Mahmood (right) breached discipline for the second time in two years

Euro 2012: Germany and Portugal fined by UEFA

Germany fined after paper balls incident… and Portugal punished too

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 14 June 2012

Germany and Portugal were fined on Thursday by UEFA over the behaviour of their fans during their opening European Championship match on Saturday night.

The German Football Association (DFB) was docked 10,000 euros (8,092) for 'the throwing of missiles' by their supporters during the Group B match in Lviv.

German supporters threw screwed up paper at Portugal's players during some corner kicks at the Arena Lviv and let off a smoke bomb in the stands.

Pelted: Portugal players had paper balls thrown at them

Pelted: Portugal players had paper balls thrown at them

They were repeatedly warned over the public address system that such acts could result in their ejection, sanctions for their team, and even abandonment of the match.

The Portuguese Football Association (FPF), meanwhile, was fined 5,000 euros (4,046) for a delayed kick-off to the second half at the same game, a rule breach that got Manchester City a 30,000 euro fine in the Europa League this season.

UEFA said in a statement: 'The German Football Association (DFB) has today been fined 10,000 euros by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body for the throwing of missiles by its supporters at last Saturday's UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match between Germany and Portugal in Lviv.

'The Portuguese Football Association (FPF) has been fined 5,000 euros for a delayed kick-off to the second half at the same match.'

Jogia suspended by WPBSA pending completion of betting investigation

Jogia suspended by WPBSA pending completion of betting investigation

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 30 May 2012

British professional Joe Jogia has been suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) pending the completion of a betting investigation.

Jogia withdrew from his Snooker Shoot-Out match against Matthew Selt in January due to a leg injury, shortly after a bookmaker reported the contest had been the subject of unusual betting patterns.

It is understood an unusually large number of small bets were placed on Selt to win the January 28 match with various bookmakers.

The WPBSA said that Jogia would face a hearing on July 25 in Bristol.

In a statement, the WPBSA said: 'As a result of the reported unusual betting patterns on the match between Matthew Selt and Joe Jogia that was due to take place at the Sky Snooker Shootout at Blackpool on Saturday 28th January 2012, Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the WPBSA disciplinary committee launched an investigation.

'The available evidence has been considered and in accordance with the disciplinary rules, he has decided that there is a case for Joe Jogia to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA members rules, betting rules.

'The case will be heard at a formal hearing of the WPBSA disciplinary committee in Bristol on 25th July 2012.'

The WPBSA said it was their chairman, Jason Ferguson, who decided 36-year-old Jogia, the world number 47, should be suspended from competing until the case had been dealt with.

When Jogia pulled out of the Blackpool tournament, two days before his match against Selt, Ferguson said: 'He has confirmed that he has a leg injury which I'm aware that other people are aware of.'

Rangers appeal against transfer embargo and fine rejected

Rangers appeal against fine and transfer sanctions rejected

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UPDATED:

22:19 GMT, 16 May 2012

Rangers have lost their appeal against a 160,000 fine and 12-month transfer embargo.

Administration-hit Rangers were hit by the sanctions by an Scottish Football Association judicial panel in April but had hoped to overturn the decision at today's appellate tribunal hearing.

But in findings released on Wednesday by the SFA, the club were told they had no grounds for reversing the decision.

Turned down: Rangers' appeal was was rejected

Turned down: Rangers' appeal was was rejected

The hearing, which was chaired by Lord Carloway and also included Spartans chairman Craig Graham and former Partick Thistle chairman Allan Cowan, heard the Ibrox club's representations through Richard Keen QC.

The tribunal's full report will be published at a later but it released several key points by way of summary.

They included the following observations: “It was competent for the disciplinary tribunal to impose the additional sanction of prohibiting registrations of any new players of 18 years or older for a period of 12 months.

'The disciplinary tribunal was correct to determine that the conduct involved – especially the deliberate non-payment of very large sums, estimated in excess of 13m of tax in the form of PAYE, NIC and VAT – was attributable to the club as a member of the Scottish FA.

'Although the Appellate Tribunal has listened carefully to the representations from Rangers FC about the practical effects of the additional sanction, it has concluded that this sanction was proportionate to the breach, dissuasive to others and effective in the context of serious misconduct, bringing the game into disrepute.'

Rangers fear the inability to sign and register senior players for a full year would be debilitating to their on-field prospects, but the panel concluded that they had sufficient resources already at their disposal to remain viable.

'The appellate tribunal recognises that the disciplinary tribunal decision does not affect Rangers' ability to extend the contracts of existing professional players, including those whose contracts will expire at the end of this season and including also those currently on loan to other clubs,' the statement continued.

Protest: Fans cannot bear to see their club suffer

Protest: Fans cannot bear to see their club suffer

'The appellate tribunal observes that Rangers FC have over 40 professional players in this category.'

When the punishment was initially handed down, Rangers were found guilty of five charges in relation to their financial affairs and appointment of Craig Whyte as chairman.

Rangers received the ban and the bulk of their fine mainly because of a disrepute charge borne from their non-payment of more than 13million in taxes since Whyte took over Sir David Murray's shareholding in May last year.

Whyte, who made no representation at the three-day hearing, was given a lifetime ban from Scottish football and fined 200,000 but has told the SFA the punishment will have no impact on his life.

The SFA also published the judicial panel's rationale for their punishment in a lengthy document last Friday.

Neil Lennon lands six-match ban

Lennon hit with six-match ban for ref rant in Celtic's Scottish Cup loss to Hearts

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 3 May 2012

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been handed an immediate three-match touchline ban for confronting referee Euan Norris after his club's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts.

Lennon received a six-match ban in total but half of the punishment is suspended until the end of next season.

But the former Celtic midfielder, who has just served a two-match ban, received no punishment for a further two rule breaches relating to comments made on Twitter hours after the game.

Ref rage: Celtic boss Neil Lennon let rip at official Euan Norris at Hampden

Ref rage: Celtic boss Neil Lennon let rip at official Euan Norris at Hampden

An SFA ruling read: 'The judicial panel
found Mr Lennon in breach but imposed no further sanction based on the
fact he was not responsible for the posting of the actual tweet.'

Neil Lennon facing three SFA charges

Celtic boss Lennon hit with three SFA charges over ref rant at Scottish Cup semi-final

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UPDATED:

16:08 GMT, 26 April 2012

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will face three SFA charges over his reaction to the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts.

Lennon has been issued with a notice of complaint accusing him of breaching three SFA rules relating to Hearts' 2-1 victory at Hampden, which came courtesy of Craig Beattie's controversial late penalty.

Lennon, who was hit with a two-match touchline ban last week over a separate incident, has seven days to respond with an SFA hearing pencilled in for May 10.

Ref rage: Celtic boss Neil Lennon let rip at official Euan Norris at Hampden

Ref rage: Celtic boss Neil Lennon let rip at official Euan Norris at Hampden

Lennon has been hit with a misconduct charge, which relates to offences including aggressive behaviour and insulting language towards a match official.

The Celtic manager ran on to the Hampden pitch to confront referee Euan Norris over the penalty award, which came when a Marius Zaliukas shot hit the arm of Joe Ledley and then brushed against Victor Wanyama.

Celtic were then denied a penalty when the ball struck Hearts defender Andy Webster.

Lennon has also been hit with two charges relating to comments made on Twitter.

The Hoops boss, who did not conduct any post-match interviews, tweeted soon after the game: 'Referee told players he thought Wanyama handled…feel so sorry for players and fans..I think it's personal myself.'

He then re-tweeted a comment from a Celtic supporter which suggested the club 'pack our bags and get out of this league that is run by crooked SFA officials'.

The online comments will see him face two charges, including an alleged breach of rule 68 which forbids criticism of match officials in a way that indicates bias or incompetence or impinges on his character.

Frustrated: Lennon also watched his Celtic side lose to Kilmarnock at Hampden in the League Cup final

Frustrated: Lennon also watched his Celtic side lose to Kilmarnock at Hampden in the League Cup final

The rule specifically includes comments made on a 'social networking or micro-blogging site'.

Lennon is also accused of breaching rule 71 by not acting in the best interests of football or acting in an improper manner.

Lennon is halfway through his touchline ban for breaching rule 68 by accusing referee Willie Collum of a 'criminal' decision not to give his team a late penalty in their previous trip to Hampden, a 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock in the Scottish Communities League Cup final last month.

The Irishman received no further punishment after being hit with a misconduct charge relating to his clash with match officials at Ibrox, which saw him sent from the dugout halfway through Celtic's 3-2 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Rangers.

The SFA's compliance officer, Vincent Lunny, also wrote to the Celtic manager asking him to explain comments made after the Rangers game about hoping for a decent referee performance against St Johnstone the following weekend, although there are suggestions that matter may be dropped.