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Steve Kean urges Chris Samba to knuckle down

Kean urges Samba to knuckle down after transfer request fails to earn move

Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes Chris Samba can regain his focus and reproduce his best once the transfer window closes, starting with Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle.

The Rovers captain handed in a transfer request earlier this month but Kean expects to fend off any last-minute bids for the wantaway defender.

'We were very strong with our statement earlier on,' Kean said.

'We want him to be part of the club, he signed a long-term deal and we want him to get back on it and get his head around the fact that he's going to be here.

Running out of time: Samba looks set to stay at Blackburn until at least the end of the season

Running out of time: Samba looks set to stay at Blackburn until at least the end of the season

'In the last window and windows
before that, as soon as it closed and he got his head around being here,
his performance levels were excellent.

'It's
never nice when someone makes a transfer request, but a contract is a
two-way thing. We never accepted the transfer request and we want him to
be a part of what we're trying to do here.

'I
know he's put in his request, I'll need to speak to him tomorrow once
the window is closed and say “We need to move forward now, we need to
get you back in the frame, we need to get you mentally prepared properly
and there are no physical problems”.

'We'll take that conversation forward tomorrow morning.'

Blackburn
received a boost on Monday when midfielder David Dunn signed a contract
extension until June next year and they have also signed Marcus Olsson,
twin brother of Rovers defender Martin, on a free transfer from Swedish
side Halmstad.

Two of a kind: Martin Olsson is joined at Blackburn by his brother Marcus

Two of a kind: Martin Olsson is joined at Blackburn by his brother Marcus

Kean believes Marcus Olsson will provide an attacking threat and will strengthen Blackburn's left side.

'They've got the same style, which you can imagine being identical twins,' Kean said.

'(Marcus) plays higher but on the same side (as Martin) and that will prove difficult for any right back when he sees one going outside and one driving.

'He's a fantastic athlete and fit in easily in a practice match.'

Rovers host Newcastle at Ewood Park on Wednesday night having only lost once in their last five league games, and Kean is confident his side can get a result.

Kean to focus: Steve Kean knows the importance of a positive result against Newcastle

Kean to focus: Steve Kean knows the importance of a positive result against Newcastle

'We know Newcastle very well,' Kean said.

'We know they're a team who could miss a few players (with the Africa Cup of Nations), but we've only lost one game in the last five and we were unlucky we didn't get a draw in that Stoke game.

'We went to the tough away games – Anfield, Old Trafford and Everton, got points from that and managed to beat Fulham with 10 men.

'We're in a good vein of form and we're confident we can keep the run going.

'If we can get fresh faces and people that are excited about being here added to the ones we're getting back, that will give us a massive boost.'

Olsen Twins at Blackburn! Martin and Marcus

Olsson Twins at Blackburn! Not the cute TV stars, but Martin's being joined by Marcus

Blackburn now have two Olssons on their books after manager Steve Kean today completed the signing of Martin's twin brother Marcus.

Full-back Martin joined Rovers on transfer deadline day in 2006, and now winger Marcus has followed suit.

Blackburn's official website has confirmed Marcus has joined the Ewood Park club on a free transfer from Swedish side Halmstad, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal through to the summer of 2014.

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn… the Olsen Twins, if you will

The 23-year-old, who can also play up front, is now awaiting international clearance on the deal from the Swedish FA and FIFA.

The Olsson brothers both started their careers at local side Hogaborgs BK and had a trial with Blackburn at the end of 2005.

However, while Martin signed a
contract under then manager Mark Hughes, Marcus returned to Sweden and
eventually signing for Halmstad in 2008, scoring 17 goals in 139
appearances.

Marcus has also followed his brother
into the international side, earning his first caps in friendlies
earlier this month against Bahrain and Qatar.

Olsson is Kean's second capture of the transfer window following the recent loan signing of Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

John Rooney joins Orlando City

It's not quite Old Trafford! John Rooney joins third-tier side Orlando City

John Rooney, the younger brother of England and Manchester United striker Wayne, has signed for Orlando City following his release by the New York Red Bulls.

Former Macclesfield midfielder Rooney, 21, was on New York's books last season but did not secure a regular first-team place and moves on to join a team in the third tier of professional football in the United States, managed by former Everton favourite Adrian Heath.The deal is pending approval from the United States Soccer Federation.

Heath said on Orlando's official website: 'I've known John for a long time, from the early days in England. We're delighted to have him. He'll be a really good piece for us. He can play multiple positions in the midfield, which is a very good thing for us.'

On the move: John Rooney has left New York Red Bulls

On the move: John Rooney has left New York Red Bulls

Craig Gardner shines for Sunderland v Swansea

Are you sure you're homesick Gardner continues to strut his stuff on the field

Craig Gardner may have declined the opportunity to discuss his Sunderland future but if the midfielder is homesick and unhappy on Wearside, he has a funny way of showing it when he does play.

Gardner even walked out on an interview with Match of the Day just seconds before he was due to go on camera, and saved his thoughts for Twitter.

He said he was 'buzzzzzzzing' after his unstoppable late strike sealed three unlikely points against Swansea and added to Stephane Sessegnon’s equally wonderful opener.

Leading the way: Craig Gardner (left) celebrates his goal against Swansea

Leading the way: Craig Gardner (left) celebrates his goal against Swansea

He was also rather pleased with Birmingham's win over Watford and brother Gary’s full debut for Aston Villa at Wolves.

But if he was reluctant to quash rumours about a return to the Midlands, Gardner’s manager Martin O’Neill and team-mate Wes Brown laughed off the notion that he would be allowed to leave.

'He is not going anywhere,' said the former Manchester United defender who returned to lead Sunderland’s stubborn resistance to Swansea’s dominance. 'Nowhere.

'Craig is alright. Don't get me wrong, every player wants to start and he probably has not started as many as he wanted. But he will be fine.

Flying: Stephane Sessegnon (out of picture) scores against Swansea

Flying: Stephane Sessegnon (out of picture) scores against Swansea

'Honestly all the lads love him in the dressing room. He is a great player. This is not a lie, he scored goals like that all the time in training. That is the sort of player he is. He has great technique and a great shot on him, with both feet. He got a great one at Wigan too and is always pinging them in in training.'

The form of Seb Larsson, Lee Cattermole, James McClean and Sessegnon leaves just one midfield place up for grabs and Gardner, who recently had a competent spell as Phil Bardsley’s stand-in at right-back, has lost out to the energetic David Vaughan, who was actually unfortunate to be replaced by Gardner for the final 12 minutes.

O’Neill added: 'He’s unlucky not to be
in the side. We don’t want him to leave. Hopefully he can look at the
homesickness in a month or two, or a year, or a decade.

Sore one: Nicklas Bendtner left the field after being caught in the eye

Sore one: Nicklas Bendtner left the field after being caught in the eye

'He is very family orientated and his heart is there. But this is England. It’s not like he is playing in Saudi Arabia. But just to clarify, he's not coming in every day and saying he's wanting to leave – it's just every other day!’

Gardner will start Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Middlesbrough but striker Nicklas Bendtner is very doubtful after a kick to the eye forced him off in the 12th minute. He will have a scan on Monday.

O’Neill added: 'He is very sore and his eye is really really bad. Coming off the field he couldn't see anything out of it.

'Hopefully it's just a lot of tissue but it is a possibility that he might have cracked something. We'll know more tomorrow but he's not great.’

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David Haye keeping fit for possible fight with Vitali Klitschko

Haye keeping in shape in anticipation of call for Klitschko fight

David Haye has confirmed he is staying in shape in case a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers is agreed.

The Englishman, who lost widely to Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight unification bout last summer, officially retired in October but has been involved in informal, on-off negotiations over a fight with his brother, WBC champion Vitali, ever since.

Staying in shape: Former heavyweight champion David Haye is staying fit in case a call from the Klitschko brothers comes

Staying in shape: Former heavyweight champion David Haye is staying fit in case a call from the Klitschko brothers comes

Hopes of fighting Vitali appeared to take a dent when the Ukrainian veteran agreed to take on Haye's countryman Dereck Chisora next month, but Haye is unconcerned and reaffirmed yet again that nothing has changed.

'My people are talking loosely with Vitali's people and they have shown a keen interest in a potential fight,' the Bermondsey fighter, 31, said.

Ready for war: Vitali Klitschko trains in the gym

Ready for war: Vitali Klitschko trains in the gym

First things first: Klitschko must beat Dereck Chisora before any talk of a fight with Haye

First things first: Klitschko must beat Dereck Chisora before any talk of a fight with Haye

'I'm going to stay in shape if that call comes, and if it does come I will be heavyweight champion again.

'If there is a fight that pops up – against Vitali or Wladimir – I'll be in shape and be ready to go to war and win back my old titles.'

London 2012 Olympics: Relief for GB as Utopia stays at Hesters stables

London 2012 Olympics watch: Relief for GB as Utopia stays at Hester's stables

Utopia, a ride crucial to Carl Hester’s London 2012 gold medal hopes, has been saved for the nation after surviving the equestrian transfer window.

The four-legged version of football’s window closed on New Year’s Eve, the deadline for a transfer of ownership of horses to be ridden in this year’s Olympics. Hester had an anxious Christmas after the 10-year-old stallion he co-owns was targeted by a Finnish millionaire.

Britain’s individual and team hopes could have been badly hit but a deal was not concluded and Utopia, Hester’s mount when he took individual silver and team gold in last year’s European Championships, remains at his Gloucestershire stables.

Relief: Carl Hester (left) will still be able to ride Utopia

Relief: Carl Hester (left) will still be able to ride Utopia

BEKELE ON TRACK WITH $1M

Kenenisa Bekele, double Olympic champion and Mo Farah’s biggest rival for 10,000m gold at London 2012, has invested $1million of his own money in a new ‘soft surface’ track near Addis Ababa to safeguard him from injuries.

The Ethiopian hopes to be training on it by March. Bekele admitted he was short of fitness after finishing 11th in Saturday’s Bupa Edinburgh Great Cross-Country.

SMITH SET TO LEAD THE LINE

Louis Smith captains Britain’s gymnastics team in the all-round competition at the London Prepares test event at the North Greenwich Arena. They must finish in the top four to emulate Britain’s women.

Pressure: Louis Smith leads Britain's gymnastic's team at the test event

Pressure: Louis Smith leads Britain's gymnastic's team at the test event

The rhythmic group have been set a target of 45.223 points to convince the BOA to accept a host nation place.

ALISTAIR WINS 'BIGGEST RACE'

Triathlon world champion Alistair Brownlee beat younger brother Jonathan into second place in their native Yorkshire cross-country championships.

Jonathan, 21, who won the title last year, tweeted it was the ‘biggest race of the year’. The Brownlees have both qualified for London 2012 and are tipped to win medals.

Topless woman basketball side coached Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star Rodman to coach topless woman's basketball side

First he gave Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder a piggyback ride during a concert.

Then he wore a wedding dress to promote his autobiography and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.

Now former basketball star Dennis Rodman has agreed to coach a topless woman's side for a charity match.

Dennis Rodman in a wedding gown

Dennis Rodman

Courting controversy: Dennis Rodman has never been far from the headlines

The team, set up by an adult club on Long Island, are expected to compete against a squad coached by ex-NBA star Spud Webb.

Rodman told the New York Post he believes the team will be a success.

'I don’t know too many men that don’t like a good-looking woman running up and down around the court,' Rodman said

'The potential women players don’t have to have too much experience, just know how to throw the ball into the hole.'

Imogen Thomas did not try to blackmail Ryan Giggs

Giggs accepts Big Brother”s Imogen Thomas did not try to blackmail him

Ryan Giggs has accepted there was no reason to accuse glamour model Imogen Thomas of blackmailing him.

In a High Court hearing, a judge hinted that he might lift the injunction which is supposed to ban any reporting of an alleged affair between the two, asking whether there was “any point in maintaining the anonymity”.

The brief hearing was requested by Ms Thomas” lawyers, and saw David Price QC read a statement in the case of CTB vs News Group Newspapers and Ms Thomas.

Imogen Thomas Ryan Giggs

Imogen Thomas, pictured outside court today, is no longer being accused of blackmail by footballer Ryan Giggs

CTB is a pseudonym for Mr Giggs, who took out an injunction in April to prevent the media from reporting allegations that he had an extra-marital affair with the former Big Brother contestant.

The Manchester United star was the subject of so much speculation on Twitter that eventually Lib Dem MP John Hemming “outed” him in the House of Commons.

One of the arguments Mr Giggs used to win the injunction against Ms Thomas and NGN, publisher of The Sun, was that she was trying to blackmail him.

He has now withdrawn that claim, prompting Ms Thomas to say that she had been “vindicated”.

“Vindicated”: Ms Thomas went to court to clear her name of the blackmail allegations

Mr Price told the court that the claim arose out of an article in The Sun on April 14, which named Ms Thomas but did not name Mr Giggs.

As a result of concerns about the future conduct of The Sun, he sought an interim injunction later that day and was assigned the pseudonym CTB.

“In his witness statement supporting the application CTB stated that Ms Thomas” conduct had led him to suspect that she was thinking of selling her story to the press,” Mr Price said today.

“He also said that she had asked him for money to assist in the purchase of a flat and that he had become suspicious about her motivation.

“He was also concerned that she had retained the well-known publicist Max Clifford to represent her.

“On April 14 Mr Justice Eady granted an injunction. Ms Thomas was not notified of the hearing and first found out about the injunction after it was granted.

High Court: Ms Thomas outside the court where she has fought a long-running legal battle

High Court: Ms Thomas outside the court where she has fought a long-running legal battle

“On May 16 Mr Justice Eady delivered a judgment in which he explained his reasons for granting the injunction in Ms Thomas” absence and for its continuation.

“The judge said that CTB”s evidence appeared to suggest that CTB was being blackmailed, although that was not how CTB had put it himself.

“He also said that the evidence appeared to indicate that Ms Thomas was responsible for the April 14 article in The Sun. The judge stressed that this was solely based on the limited evidence that was before him at the time and that the allegations were denied by Ms Thomas.

“Notwithstanding these qualifications in the judgment, the allegation of blackmail was widely and prominently reported by the media as if it were established fact.

“This was not correct. It has been extremely damaging and distressing to Ms Thomas.”

Mr Price went on: “The Sun has now made it clear that Ms Thomas was not responsible for the article of April 14.

“CTB accepts this and also accepts that Ms Thomas did not wish any private information to be published. She had, in fact, retained Max Clifford to try to prevent a story from coming out.

“Ms Thomas, in turn, accepts that the decision to publish her name was taken by The Sun, and that CTB did not want that to happen.

“Ms Thomas denies that she asked CTB for money and says that he offered to assist her in the flat purchase. Whatever the difference in recollection between the parties, CTB now accepts that such discussions were not linked to any threat to disclose information to the media.

“In these circumstances, CTB accepts that there is no basis to accuse Ms Thomas of blackmail. He also accepts that her conduct in the period leading up to the publication of The Sun article was motivated by a desire to avoid the publication of private information.

“CTB and Ms Thomas have now resolved matters between them. Ms Thomas did not want to disclose private information concerning CTB. That remains her position now that the record has been set straight.”

In a statement after the hearing, Ms Thomas said: “To suddenly have to defend my character because of this legal process has been extremely upsetting and stressful.

“I”m just relieved that the parties and the court now accept that I”m no blackmailer. I have been vindicated and that”s all I wanted.

“I have nothing to add – it”s all behind me now.”

At the start of the hearing, Mr Justice Eady suggested the injunction was no longer effective as he asked: “There is no longer any point in maintaining the anonymity”

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