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Daniel Purvis earns bronze in Glasgow World Cup

Gymnast Purvis ends year on high with bronze in Glasgow World Cup

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 8 December 2012

Great year: Daniel Purvis with his bronze medal

Great year: Daniel Purvis with his bronze medal

Great Britain's Daniel Purvis rounded off a successful year with a bronze medal in the all-around competition at the Glasgow World Cup.

The 22-year-old racked up a total of 89.864 points despite falling during his floor routine.

That left him third behind Germany's gold medallist Marcel Nguyen (90.098) and Japan's Kazuhito Tanaka (89.998).

Purvis said: 'I feel great, it was a
tough competition but good fun and a really nice way to end what's been a
dream year for me with the Olympics, European success and British
title.

'It was a fantastic atmosphere today
and I think it proved how much the Games really has inspired people and
they got behind us a lot. I can't wait to be back in Glasgow for the
Commonwealths and World Championships 2015.'

Rebecca Tunney and Niamh Rippin were
fifth and sixth respectively in the women's competition, won by
Elizabeth Price of the United States.

GB Taekwondo insist they remain keen to work with Aaron Cook

European taekwondo champion Cook to switch allegiance to Isle of Man after London 2012 snub

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UPDATED:

18:28 GMT, 7 December 2012

GB Taekwondo insist they remain keen
to work with Aaron Cook, despite the world No 1's intention to
switch his allegiance to the Isle of Man after being overlooked for the
Olympics.

The 21-year-old European champion was
ranked first by the World Taekwondo Federation in the under-80kg
category, but Lutalo Mohammad was instead selected by British Taekwondo
for the London 2012 squad, leading to a drawn-out process which was
eventually ratified by the British Olympic Association.

Jumping ship: Cook (right) was snubbed by Team GB at London 2012

Jumping ship: Cook (right) was snubbed by Team GB at London 2012

Mohammad went on to win the bronze medal, while Wales teenager Jade Jones claimed gold in the women's 57kg category and Liverpool's Martin Stamper reached the semi-finals.

Cook, who left the Manchester-based GB Taekwondo Academy training programme in the run-up to the Olympics, feels it is impossible for him to work again within the current Team GB set-up.

Manx athletes compete under the GB flag at the Olympics but, according to Cook, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) may introduce a route to future Games based on rankings rather than discretionary selection which saw him miss out this year.

Unforgiven: Cook is still furious at British Taekwondo

Unforgiven: Cook is still furious at British Taekwondo

GB Taekwondo performance director Gary
Hall has always insisted the governing body remain willing to build
bridges and have written to the 21-year-old, who fought at the Beijing
Olympics, to express their desire for positive talks.

A spokesman for GB Taekwondo said in a statement to Press Association
Sport: 'We have made efforts to re-engage with Aaron since the Games and
have made it clear that we remain keen to work with him going forward.

'We have not received official notification of Aaron's future intentions
including the potential for him to represent another nation, but it
seems apparent that Aaron is keen to pursue other options, away from
Great Britain.'

Aaron Cook switches allegiance to Isle of Man

European taekwondo champion Cook to switch allegiance to Isle of Man after London 2012 snub

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 7 December 2012

Aaron Cook has stated his intention to switch his allegiance to the Isle of Man after being overlooked by Great Britain for the Olympics.

The 21-year-old was world No 1 in the under-80kg category but Lutalo Mohammad was instead selected by British Taekwondo leading to a drawn-out process which was eventually ratified by the British Olympic Association.

Mohammad won the bronze medal at London 2012 in what was a successful Games for taekwondo as Jade Jones won gold in the women's 57kg category while Martin Stamper reached the semi-finals.

Jumping ship: Cook (right) was snubbed by Team GB at London 2012

Jumping ship: Cook (right) was snubbed by Team GB at London 2012

However, it was Cook who dominated the column inches in the run-up to the Games and now he has decided to compete for the Isle of Man in all events bar the Olympics.

Manx athletes compete under the GB flag at the Olympics but, according to Cook, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) may introduce a route to the Games based on rankings rather than discretionary selection which saw him miss out this year.

Cook told Sky Sports News: 'I was reigning European champion, world No 1 – I am never going to work with those people (British Taekwondo) again.

'They have made their minds up with what they have done to me and I've made my mind up.

Unforgiven: Cook is still furious at British Taekwondo

Unforgiven: Cook is still furious at British Taekwondo

'I think I am quite lucky at the moment, the WTF are looking to organise new competitions, such as a grand prix, which they have said will open up a different path to the Olympics based on world rankings so all I have got to do is go and win the World Championships, the European Championships and make sure I am top ranked in the world and I can get there off my own back which we didn't have in the past.'

Of his disappointment on having to look on rather than participate in the summer, Cook added: 'I am extremely jealous obviously, I wish that was me.

'She (Jade Jones) did fantastic and so did Lutalo and so did Martin Stamper. I just wish I could have been on that team, I felt I deserved to be on that team.

'I've got to find some peace and I've to go move forward and this Isle of Man [opportunity] has come up and I can't wait to be hopefully world champion next year.'

ATP World Tour Finals 2012: Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin Del Potro to reach final

Djokovic delight as world No 1 beats Del Potro to book place in O2 Final

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UPDATED:

18:11 GMT, 11 November 2012

Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro and reach the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The world No 1 had looked in trouble when he went a break down in the second but Del Potro won only three of the last 14 games as Djokovic triumphed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

It is the first time the 2008 champion has reached the final since the tournament moved to the O2 Arena three years ago, and he will meet either Roger Federer or Andy Murray on Monday evening.

Final date: Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer

Final date: Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer

HIGHLIGHTS

Click here to watch highlights from the ATP World Tour Finals

Djokovic was the only unbeaten player in the group stages and had had a day's rest, and he looked every inch the best player in the world in the early stages.

Del Potro was having to find some special shots just to stay on level terms, notably a forehand creamed down the line to save a break point in the second game.

Djokovic went into the match holding a 6-2 advantage over his opponent but Del Potro could look back on a victory in London earlier this summer that won him an Olympic bronze medal.

Strong start: Del Potro took the first set

Strong start: Del Potro took the first set

The Argentinian had joked that the semi-finals featured three big names and one big guy, but it was the big guy who was beginning to get on top in this one.

The sheer power of 6ft 6in Del Potro was pushing Djokovic to overhit and, although he saved a break point in the seventh game, he faced two more a couple of games later and this time Del Potro struck.

The 24-year-old then served out the set to love, and he kept the momentum going at the start of the second set.

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Djokovic saved three break points in the opening game but he was under pressure all the time and he had no answer to another monstrous forehand from Del Potro in the third game, the Argentinian raising his fists in the air as he broke for 2-1.

It seemed to be getting away from Djokovic but he roused himself, taking his fourth chance to hit back immediately when Del Potro for once missed a forehand down the line.

And the Argentinian won only one more game in the set as Djokovic levelled up, breaking for the second time at 4-3.

Heading home: Del Potro reacts in frustration as Djokovic wins another point

Heading home: Del Potro reacts in frustration as Djokovic wins another point

The effort of the first set seemed to have taken a lot out of Del Potro and he looked distinctly weary as he was broken once more in the third game of the decider.

In contrast, Djokovic had a spring in his step again and the end was a swift in coming, the top seed clinching victory in two hours and 12 minutes.

Lance Armstrong posts picture of yellow jerseys

Shamed Armstrong sticks two fingers up at critics by posting picture of himself surrounded by yellow jerseys

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 11 November 2012

Lance Armstrong has posted a picture on Twitter of himself relaxing surrounded by his tainted Tour de France yellow jerseys.

The Texan was stripped of the seven titles after an investigation by the United States Anti-doping Agency found him guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.

But the image he shared on the social networking site, below the heading 'Back in Austin and just layin' around…', shows him lounging on his sofa below the seven jerseys of his now discredited Tour titles.

Cheek: Lance Armstrong posted a picture of himself lying down surrounded by his yellow jerseys

Cheek: Lance Armstrong posted a picture of himself lying down surrounded by his yellow jerseys

The jerseys are hanging in frames on the walls near the L-shaped sofa, each picked out by an individual lightbulb, with a pair of curtains left open to clearly display the last of them.

Last month, the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the sanctions recommended by USADA, who concluded Armstrong and his US Postal team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

All Armstrong's results from August 1, 1998 were expunged from the record books, including his seven consecutive Tour de France 'wins' from 1999 to 2005, and the 41-year-old was banned for life.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also announced last week that it would not appeal against the sanctions, while the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has opened an investigation which could see Armstrong stripped of his road time-trial bronze medal from the 2000 Games.

Figure of fun: A giant effigy of Armstrong was burnt in Kent last week

Figure of fun: A giant effigy of Armstrong was burnt in Kent last week

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has always denied wrongdoing and though he has since removed the line '7-time Tour de France champion' from his Twitter profile, today's picture is sure to be seen as provocative.

The fall-out from USADA's verdict has been extensive, with 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates receiving six-month bans after admitting their own doping offences in the course of their testimonies against him.

South African mountain-biker David George, who rode with US Postal from 1999 to 2000, was provisionally suspended on Tuesday after testing positive for the banned blood-booster EPO.

Soslan Tigiev stripped of Olympic bronze medal

Uzbek wrestler Tigiev stripped of Olympic bronze after testing positive for outlawed substance

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 7 November 2012

Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev has been stripped of his Olympic bronze medal.

It follows the 29-year-old testing positive for a prohibited substance at the London Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed.

Prohibited substance: Soslan Tigiev, in red, has been stripped of his bronze medal

Prohibited substance: Soslan Tigiev, in red, has been stripped of his bronze medal

Sir Alex Ferguson Old Trafford statue to be unveiled on November 23

Sir Alex statue to be unveiled outside Old Trafford later this month

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 6 November 2012

Manchester United have announced that the statue they have commissioned in honour of Sir Alex Ferguson will be unveiled outside Old Trafford later this month.

The 9ft bronze statue created by award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson will be unveiled 'in a prominent position' outside the stand named after Ferguson on Friday, November 23, at 2pm.

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

The unveiling comes the day before United
welcome QPR who, coincidentally, were the same opponents Ferguson faced
in his first home game in charge on November 22, 1986.

The Scot, who has won 24 major
trophies in a quarter of a century, is the club's longest serving
manager.

United already have two permanent statues outside their famous home ground – one of legendary manager Sir Matt Busby overlooking the East Stand, and the other known as the 'the United Trinity' of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

Ferguson, who is now 70 years old, has shown no signs of slowing down despite his advancing years and the increased competition, notably from rivals Manchester City.

The club will also be unveiling new artwork and installations in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand concourses designed to illustrate the manager’s achievements throughout his United career.

Marco Materazzi tweets picture by Zinedine Zidane statue

Materazzi sees funny side of Zidane's headbutt after posing by statue

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10:49 GMT, 5 November 2012

You Twit: Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi poses by the statue of his infamous World Cup final clash with French legend Zinedine Zidane in 2006

You Twit: Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi poses by the statue of his infamous World Cup final clash with French legend Zinedine Zidane in 2006

It was perhaps the most sorry end to
one of the finest footballing careers of modern times, a massive ink
spill on the copybook of one of the game's greatest.

But the man who bore the brunt of Zinedine
Zidane's infamous World Cup final assault still sees a funny side
to the incident six years on.

Marco Materazzi, who has admitted to provoking the former world player of the year into the headbutt during the 2006 showpiece, posted a picture of himself by the statue which immortalises the iconic moment.

Situated outside the Pompidou art
museum in Paris, the five-metre high bronze statue captures the red mist
that overcame Zidane in the 110th minute of France's match with Italy,
won eventually on penalties by the Azzurri.

Materazzi, who lists Inter Milan and
Everton among his clubs, has since retired and took to Twitter on Sunday
afternoon to show himself sitting at the base of Adel Abdesseme's work.

Tainted: Zidane's last act as a professional footballer was his lowest moment

Tainted: Zidane's last act as a professional footballer was his lowest moment

Tainted: Zidane's last act as a professional footballer was his lowest moment

The Italian clearly relishes the
controversy, with his Twitter profile picture showing an image of a
baseball cap adorned with the words 'I Love Haters'.

Zidane was the world's most expensive
player when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for 48million in
2001 – since surpassed by Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo – and played the
key role in France's 1998 World Cup triumph.

Lance Armstrong Olympic bronze medal investigated by IOC

Armstrong's Olympic bronze medal at risk after IOC launch probe into Sydney ride

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UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 1 November 2012

The International Olympic Committee will launch an investigation into Lance Armstrong's 2000 Olympics bronze medal after the American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in the biggest doping scandal to hit cycling.

Armstrong, who won a time trail medal
at the Sydney Games, was stripped of his 1999-2005 Tour victories last
month when the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified a U.S.
Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase his results from August 1998.

'The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games,' an IOC official said on Thursday.

On the podium: Lance Armstrong won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

On the podium: Lance Armstrong won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

A USADA report that included
testimonies from several former team-mates against him and themselves,
called it the 'most sophisticated, professionalised and successful
doping program that sport has ever seen'.

Armstrong, who overcame cancer to dominate the sport, has always denied doping and maintains he never failed a drugs test.

Fallen giant: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his Tour de France title

Poking fun: Armstrong is this year's celebrity guy in Edenbridge, Kent

Fallen giant: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has even been chosen as this year's celebrity guy at Edenbridge in Kent

Hannah Macleod"s Olympic bronze medal as been returned

Hockey star Macleod's Olympic bronze medal is returned through the post… but still no sign of Partridge's

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 26 October 2012

One of two Olympic bronze medals stolen from a London nightclub has been recovered, police said on Friday.

The medals, belonging to hockey player Hannah Macleod and rower Alex Partridge, were taken along with their TeamGB jackets as they partied after a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate the achievements of the 2012 athletes.

The Metropolitan Police said they had been alerted today that Macleod's medal had been posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire.

Returned: Hockey player Hannah Macleod (right) has had her Olympic bronze medal anonymously returned, but rower Alex Partridge (left) is still missing his

Returned: Hockey player Hannah Macleod (right) has had her Olympic bronze medal anonymously returned, but rower Alex Partridge (left) is still missing his

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were holding on to the medal while they continue their inquiry but that they would reuniting Hannah with her medal shortly. She was being kept fully informed of developments.

The medals were taken after the pair joined fellow Olympians at the Mahiki nightclub in London's Mayfair.

Mr Partridge's jacket – minus his medal – was handed in to a north-west London police station on Thursday.

A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the thefts yesterday and bailed until November 23.

Proud: Macleod (right) with GB hockey teammate Anne Panter and their bronze medals

Proud: Macleod (right) with GB hockey teammate Anne Panter and their bronze medals

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: 'We are still looking to recover the second medal, and we stress that our inquiries remain active.

'Our appeals for information stand and I take this opportunity to reiterate them – if the public can help we ask them to do so.

'Alex's medal has yet to be traced, and he is understandably keen to be reunited with it as soon as possible.'

Macleod, 28, had asked via Twitter for whoever took the medal to post it back to the hockey headquarters at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Appeal: Macleod had called on the thief to do the right thing and return the medal anonymously

Appeal: Macleod had called on the thief to do the right thing and return the medal anonymously

On Wednesday she tweeted: 'I'm not after punishment. If you picked up a Bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours pls just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey.'

She told the Sun that she had been scouring eBay to see if it was on the popular auction website.

'I want it back so much. I had a look on eBay in case it ends up there,' she told the newspaper.

'I've hardly slept since. I've just been standing by the phone, waiting for news.'

The athletes published a photo of a man captured on CCTV who they wished to talk to about the alleged thefts.