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Liverpool settle out of court with Tom Hicks and George Gillett

Liverpool settle out of court with ex-chiefs Hicks and Gillett over club sale claims

Hicks and
Gillett took their case against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre – and RBS –
to court, alleging that they conspired to sell the club at a reduced

They claimed RBS and the Liverpool directors had deliberately blocked their attempts to refinance, allegations denied by RBS.

But after a lengthy and involved process led by Liverpool’s general counsel Natalie Wignall, a deal has been struck to bring an end to the legal action against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre.

The status of Hicks and Gillett’s case against RBS – whom the Americans claim were too actively involved in the sale process – remains unclear and no one at the bank was immediately available for comment.

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

At a High Court hearing in October Mr Justice Peter Smith said it was a matter which ought to go to trial.

'There is in my mind a question as to whether or not RBS truly distanced itself from the sale process,' he said.

'In reality, what actually happened between April 2010 and October 2010 can only be discerned by a trial when the relevant players give evidence and their evidence is tested by cross-examination in the light of the contemporaneous documents.

'In my view, it would be wrong and a denial of justice potentially at this preliminary stage to deny the former owners an opportunity to have a trial on this issue.

'This matter should be brought to a speedy conclusion. I would wish directions to be agreed if possible with a view to this action… being heard early in 2013.'

Hull FC 34 Salford Reds 26

Hull FC 34 Salford Reds 26: Too little too late as Reds suffer play-off blow



16:39 GMT, 29 July 2012

Salford Reds' play-off aspirations suffered a blow as Hull FC held off their stirring comeback at the KC Stadium to edge a close encounter 34-26.

Jordan Turner's late try for Hull against his former club finally settled a game which hung in the balance after the Reds threatened to upset the hosts with two tries for Sean Gleeson and Ashley Gibson.

A missed Daniel Holdsworth conversion with 10 minutes remaining left Hull defending a slender two-point lead until Turner's late score gave the home side the two points which keeps them sixth in the Stobart Super League table.

The Reds remain 10th – four points from the play-offs.

Hull coach Peter Gentle had spoken of his side's need to get to grips early on with Super League's fast starters.

Salford have developed a successful habit of scoring early tries this year, but it was the hosts who raced into a 12-point lead thanks to the efforts of one of their rising stars.

Tom Lineham got his first taste of Super League in last Monday's televised Hull derby and, following his second-half cameo in the hostile environment of Craven Park, the 20-year-old revelled in being on home turf for the first time as he was handed a first start for Hull.

Within six minutes of kick-off, talk of Hull having found a new Tom Briscoe was already echoing around the KC as Lineham set Hull on their way with a well-taken first try before braking 60 metres down field to set up a second try of the afternoon for Hull, Kirk Yeaman this time the scorer.

Salford were shocked into life and, after being caught by their own game, the Reds came back into the match through Ashley Gibson's well-worked try in the corner.

The centre's pace and power took him over the try line and sparked a period of dominance by the visitors, who made their territorial possession count minutes later when Jodie Broughton avenged an earlier error to go over unopposed in the corner to complete a flowing move out wide.

Salford's moment in the sun did not last long, however, and Lineham again set Hull on their way.

It was the winger's break which set up field position for Joe Westerman to break the Reds' defensive line and score.

Lineham completed a half to remember on the half-time hooter, leaving Broughton flat-footed as he dived over in the corner to give his side a 12-point half-time advantage.

The game became fractured in the second half, but Hull took the opportunity to go three tries clear with a simple penalty conversion for on-loan St Helens winger Jamie Foster.

That decision looked even wiser when Gleeson, who next year will wear the red and white of Hull KR, exploited poor Hull defending to score approaching the final quarter.

The Reds senses a comeback and it looked on when they capitalised on Hull's ill discipline through a second try for Gibson.

Daniel Holdsworth's missed conversion left Salford four points behind, but the visitors remained on top.

Hull were then thankful when another Salford infringement, this time for holding down, allowed Foster to kick a penalty from in front of the posts.

The Reds continued to press, and got their rewards when Gleeson touched down by the corner flag on the break.

Holdsworth had a chance to level the game but hooked his touchline conversion as Hull breathed a sigh of relief.

The visitors continued to mount a serious challenge but with the clock ticking down, ex-Salford player Turner popped up five metres out to take an off-load and seal the points for Hull.

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback



21:39 GMT, 1 June 2012

Two tries: Salford's Jodie Broughton

Two tries: Salford's Jodie Broughton

Salford claimed their second big-name scalp within a week with a sensational comeback victory over the Catalan Dragons.

Salford followed up their Magic
Weekend win over Huddersfield by denying Catalan the chance to move into
second spot in the Stobart Super League table and continue their own
push for a play-off place.

The Reds looked down and out as they
were blitzed in the opening exchanges and conceded four tries to trail
20-0 after just 24 minutes.

But the hosts then scored 28 points
without reply, despite being down to 11 men at one stage, as Daniel
Holdsworth and Vinnie Anderson were both sin-binned for dissent by
referee Steve Ganson.

Then in a frantic finale Catalan looked like getting the upper hand when Remi Casty touched down.

But back came the Reds and Jodie
Broughton's second try of the game on 70 minutes, converted by
Holdsworth gave the Reds an eight-point cushion which meant Vincent
Duport's late try was not enough for the Dragons.

Salford kept with the same 17 that
defeated Huddersfield 38-34 at the Magic Weekend with just one
positional change as Anderson started in the second row and Chris Nero
dropped to the bench.

Catalan picked up a number of
injuries during their win over London at the Etihad Stadium with Clint
Greenshields, Jamal Fakir and Mathias Pala all ruled out to add to
long-term absentees Damien Blanch, Setaimata Sa and Frederic Vaccari.

But the French side were given a triple boost by the return of Daryl Millard, Gregory Mounis and David Ferriol after their injury problems.

And it was Catalan who exploded out of the blocks with some excellent attacking play that saw them cross for two tries in the opening seven minutes.

Dureau instigated a crisp passing move along the line that ended with winger Millard crossing for the opening try of the night.

And it got even better for the Dragons two minutes later when a rampaging 40 metre midfield break by loose forward Jason Baitieri set up Scott Dureau to touch down, to which the scrum-half added the conversion to make it 10-0.

The Dragons continued to boss the opening exchanges and claimed their third try of the half on 16 minutes when more excellent passing between Sureau and Thomas Bosc created the space for winger Cyril Stacul to squeeze over in the corner to further increase their lead.

The one-sided feel to the game continued as the Dragons claimed a further try on 24 minutes when despite having three Salford players on his back prop forward Lopini Paea managed to crash over under the posts.

Bosc added the conversion to give his side a commanding 20-0 advantage. The home side finally came to life late in the half with two tries in two minutes to haul themselves back into the game.

Firstly centre Joel Moon claimed the home side's first try of the game on 28 minutes and then two minutes later a superb break by Luke Patten saw stand off Holdsworth collect his inside pass to score.

Holdsworth was on target with both conversions to cut the deficit to eight points at 20-12.

But having grabbed a foothold in the game Salford appeared to press the self destruct button as firstly Holdsworth was sent to the sin bin by referee Ganson in the 37th minute for dissent.

And two minutes later he was followed by team-mate Anderson for the same offence to leave the Reds with 11 men as the half-time hooter sounded.

Despite being two men short the Reds started the second half in explosive fashion when winger Jodie Broughton broke from deep inside his own half and Sean Gleeson was on hand to finish the move off and Matty Smith's conversion cut the deficit to just two points at 20-18.

And the amazing turnaround was complete four minutes later when still down to 11 men Leon Pryce fumbled possession and Broughton reacted quickest to scoop up the loose ball and race 40 metres to score to which Smith again goaled to make it 24 unanswered points for the home side.

And Salford made it 28 points without reply with a superb effort from Patten.

A try from Casty for the visitors gave some more anxious moments for the home side before a second from Broughton sealed an amazing win although the visitors had the final word with a late Duport try.

Charles Sale: Former chairman Broughton keeps mum over Kenny

Former chairman Broughton keeps mum over Kenny's Liverpool future



21:30 GMT, 12 April 2012

Liverpool's former chairman Sir Martin Broughton has remained remarkably quiet in all the noise surrounding the club’s travails under struggling manager Kenny Dalglish.

But significantly Broughton, who brought the Fenway Sports Group to Anfield before stepping down, had dismissed any thought of him appointing the Scot on the day Roy Hodgson was unveiled as Liverpool manager in July 2010.

Broughton had his doubts whether Dalglish could be a success in the Anfield hot seat after 12 years away from top-flight management. Also, Liverpool were looking for new owners at the time and Broughton didn’t want the possibility of them losing popularity at the start of their reign by having to dismiss a club legend.

Keeping mum: Former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton

Keeping mum: Former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton

But FSG’s John Henry and Tom Werner, who showed their steel yesterday by parting company with director of football Damien Comolli and head of sports science Peter Brukner, might have to do just that if Liverpool have a poor start next season, despite having given Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre the dreaded vote of confidence.

Insult to injury

The baffling departure of Liverpool’s respected sports medicine chief Peter Brukner can only be explained by a clash of cultures with old school manager Kenny Dalglish. A current sports science table of the top eight clubs in the Premier League has Liverpool in first place for injury avoidance.

No acknowledgement

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The fall-out from Kumar Sangakkara’s brave Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s last summer, when he was highly critical of the unethical way the sport is run in Sri Lanka, contributed to the cricket authorities in Colombo refusing to allow their star player to acknowledge the double honour of being chosen as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World and one of their Five Cricketers of the Year.

England's driving maul

BMW, who have replaced Land Rover as the RFU’s official vehicle supplier, intend to invite England players and RFU staff to test their cars around Brands Hatch, as they do with their other major sports sponsorships in golf and London 2012.

This is despite Land Rover’s partnership with the RFU going pear-shaped during the World Cup when England’s ‘arrogant and rude’ players misused their performance cars as well as breaking the speed limit on an Auckland beach during a nightmare company day.

Land Rover were still keen to extend their deal but the RFU have chosen to double their money at least with BMW’s 3m-a-year endorsement. There will be no conduct clauses in the BMW agreement, but the RFU say they will be ‘very firm’ on any misconduct issues.

Taking action

The FA are considering legal action
against controversial agent Peter Harrison after he renewed his attacks
on Bolton chairman and FA board member Phil Gartside.

Harrison, who is back working as a
middle man after previously walking out on football, has followed up
numerous allegations on Twitter about the way Gartside runs Bolton by
accusing him of favouring rival agent Mark Curtis in all transfer deals
in an inflammatory open letter on popular Bolton blog site Manny Road.

Under fire: Phil Gartside has been challenged by agent Peter Harrison

Under fire: Phil Gartside has been challenged by agent Peter Harrison

Senior FA executive Adrian Bevington
said: ‘We are considering our legal position in relation to Peter
Harrison’s conduct due to his continued public accusations. Any
allegations or claims made against Phil Gartside are without any
evidence of wrongdoing.’

Harrison, who keeps insisting he
intends to lift the lid on football corruption, briefly left the game
after losing an FA tribunal case involving his agency contract with Andy
Carroll, who is now represented by Curtis.

Tick the Umbro box

Martin Prothero, who was England kit supplier Umbro’s main representative with the national team for three decades, is now a consultant to sports agency Kentaro, whose clients include Brazil.

Prothero’s departure will make it easier for parent company Nike to switch the England shirts to the swoosh logo when they renegotiate the FA contract, which Prothero insisted had Umbro brand guarantees.

Arsenal sign Tarum Dawkins from Luton Town

Arsenal complete signing of 16-year-old Luton winger Dawkins

Arsenal have swooped to sign highly-rated Luton Town teenager Tarum Dawkins for what the Hatters describe as 'a significant transfer fee'.

Dawkins, 16, has been training with Arsenal for the last few months and has featured in for their under-16 team, but now he is eligible for a scholarship the transfer has finally gone through.

The signing follows the departure from Kenilworth Road of brothers Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva to Chelsea in January.

Gunning for glory: Tarum Dawkins

Gunning for glory: Tarum Dawkins

Luton's head of youth Gregg Broughton revealed he was pleased for Dawkins that the protracted deal had gone through.

'This deal has been a lot more drawn out than others completed by the club in the last two years, and this reflects the level of interest show in Tarum,' he told the club's official website.

'We are delighted that Tarum has found a club that he feels can help him fulfil his dream of playing at the highest level.

Broughton also expressed his pride that Luton are continuing to produce top talent despite the fact they now play at Conference level.

Family affair: Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva

Family affair: Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva

'Despite the club's current non-league status, we continue to produce players with Premier League pedigree,' he said.

'Luton Town is still recognised as one of the foremost breeding grounds for identifying and developing Premier League players in the country.

'We never like to lose talented players from the club, but after sitting down with Tarum and his family last month we recognised that he was desperate to join Arsenal.

'We would like to thank Arsenal for the professional manner in which they have conducted themselves and wish Tarum the very best for his ongoing career.'

St Helens 38 Salford 10: Saints off to winning start in new home

St Helens 38 Salford 10: Saints have a sticky start but recover to win their first game at new home

Andrew Dixon scored two second-half tries to ensure St Helens celebrated a new beginning at Langtree Park, but only after Salford had threatened to ruin their hosts’ big night.

James Roby levelled the scores in the 50th minute after Saints trailed throughout the first half. Then tries from Dixon, Francis Meli, Jon Wilkin and Anthony Laffranchi christened their new home with an emphatic win.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus received an ovation during a pre-match opening ceremony.

‘This is the end of 10 years’ effort from a lot of people,’ he said. ‘I’m overwhelmed.’

Salford forged a 10-0 lead through Jodie Broughton and Ashley Gibson tries before Sia Soliola replied.

Going over the line: Jaes Roby scores a try for St Helens

Going over the line: Jaes Roby scores a try for St Helens

A week after having their own stadium
opening night ruined by Castleford, the Reds threatened to spoil Saints'
party with a first away win for more than 30 years when they led 10-0
after 24 minutes.

But Saints came to life in the second half with a three-try burst in eight minutes to turn the game on its head and, although well below their best, they currently sit at the top of the Stobart Super League with two wins from their first two matches.

The Reds, who lost Jordan James, Sean Gleeson and Wayne Godwin to injury in their opening game, are bottom of the table without a win but deserve credit for their impressive first-half show.

St Helens, who gave home debuts to overseas signings Lance Hohaia and Anthony Laffranchi, held a parade of club legends before kick-off but it was one of the absent 'greats' who had the biggest impact on the first half.

Sean Long, a Knowsley Road favourite for 13 seasons, has been put in charge of Salford's attack as part of his role of assistant coach and he would have been delighted with their first-half efforts.

In full flow: Gary Wheeler is tackled by Salford's Shannon McPherson

In full flow: Gary Wheeler is tackled by Salford's Shannon McPherson

With half-backs Matty Smith, another Saints old boy, and Daniel Holdsworth pulling the strings, the Reds posed a major attacking threat.

Centre Joel Moon demonstrated superb handling to carve out an opening for left winger Jodie Broughton, who had the distinction of scoring the first Super League try at the new stadium.

Clever hands by Holdsworth then got right winger Danny Williams into space and his inside kick was touched down by centre Ashley Gibson, with Holdsworth's first conversion putting the visitors into a 10-0 lead.

Gibson had another try disallowed by video referee Ian Smith, who had a busy first half, giving St Helens second rower Soliola the benefit of the doubt in awarding a 28th-minute try but disallowing one by winger Tommy Makinson after he followed up Roby's grubber kick to the line.

New home: Langtree Park opened its doors for the first time on Friday night

New home: Langtree Park opened its doors for the first time on Friday night

Salford were good value for their 10-4 interval lead but Saints demonstrated more urgency after the break and scored a second try on 49 minutes when Roby gathered his own kick after it bounced back off a post.

Makinson's first goal levelled the scores and Royce Simmons' men went in front for the first time four minutes later when Jonny Lomax's kick over the Reds defence bounced kindly for his half-back partner Lee Gaskell, who got Meli coasting past wrong-footed defenders for a third try.

It was all over four minutes later when second rower Dixon crashed over for another Saints try and Makinson's third goal made it 22-10. They would have been further ahead but for a terrific try-saving tackle by Broughton on Lomax.

The momentum was firmly with the home side by then and loose forward Wilkin took Lomax's short pass to grab a fifth try before an 80-metre by Gaskell set up the position for Dixon to claim his second.

Salford's defence cracked again in the final minute, enabling Laffranchi to score his first try for the club, with Makinson taking his goal tally to five.

Chelsea sign Dasilva brothers from Luton

Chelsea raid Luton for Dasilva brothers as AVB looks to the future

Chelsea have signed three brothers from the Luton youth squad for a five-figure sum each.

Twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, 12, as well as 13-year-old sibling Jay have joined the Chelsea academy after five years at Luton.

The deal could top 1m should they play in Chelsea’s first team.

Move: Andre Villas-Boas made a triple raid on Luton's youth side

Move: Andre Villas-Boas made a triple raid on Luton's youth side

Luton head of youth Gregg Broughton said: ‘This is an historic deal to see three brothers transferred together. Following our loss in the play-offs last season we were told they wished to look at other options.’

QPR have upped their bid for Chelsea defender Alex, 29, to 4m as the clubs try to strike a compromise.