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Everton beam Hillsborough message on to Anfield to support charity single

Let's make Hillsborough song No 1 together! Everton beam message of support on to Anfield as families finally close in on justice

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UPDATED:

00:06 GMT, 20 December 2012

Everton projected an image of unity on to Anfield on Wednesday night to show their solidarity with the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims.

The picture carried the words 'Let's make it No 1 together' which refer to the Justice Collective's bid to get their single to the top of the charts this week.

A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', the song has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks.

Justice: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the Hillsborough charity single

Justice: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the Hillsborough charity single

Where to get the single

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

Earlier in the day the High Court quashed the original inquest verdicts returned on the 96 fans who died in the 1989 disaster.

A fresh inquest was ordered after an application by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

More than 40 families, who had travelled to London for the hearing, burst into applause when the judges granted the application.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge described what happened in 1989 as 'catastrophic'.

Referring to the families, many of
whom were weeping in court, he said there had been a 'profound, almost
palpable belief that justice has not been done and that it cannot be
done without and until the full truth is revealed'.

Delight: Trevor Hicks holds up a newspaper on the steps of the High Court in London earlier today

Delight: Trevor Hicks holds up a newspaper on the steps of the High Court in London earlier today

Joyous: Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), Margaret Aspinall (right) and Jenni Hicks (left) show their delight after the hearing

Joyous: Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), Margaret Aspinall (right) and Jenni Hicks (left) show their delight after the hearing

He continued: 'We must record our
admiration and respect for their determined search for the truth about
the circumstances of the disaster and why and how it had occurred, which
– despite disappointments and setbacks – has continued for nearly
quarter of a century.'

On the day the charity single was released comedian John
Bishop joined Kenny Dalglish in the campaign to get the song to the top
of the charts for Christmas.

Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and were joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the tragedy.

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Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

VIDEO Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop launch the single

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VIDEO Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Liverpool slump to third successive defeat in NextGen Series

Liverpool slump to third successive defeat in NextGen Series

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UPDATED:

21:10 GMT, 9 November 2012

Liverpool were hit by a three-goal burst in Norway as they slumped to their third successive defeat in the NextGen Series.

Rosenborg, who had recored impressive victories against reigning champions Internazionale
and Borussia Dortmund, were two-up in 14 minutes through Strand and Bjornholm.

Tough lesson: Liverpool were hit by a triple blast

Tough lesson: Liverpool were hit by a triple blast

And the game was effectively over as a contest after Sorloth cooly slotted home a third on the half hour mark.

After the break, neither sides were able to break each other down and there were few chances created.

Liverpool now must beat Rosenborg at
Langtree Park in the return fixture if they are to qualify.

Liverpool: Fulton, McLaughlin, Maguire, Jones, Sokolik, Roddan, Gainford (Lussey 56), Pelosi, Peterson, Adorjan, Ibe (Sinclair 76) Subs: Belford, Tricket-Smith, Heaton, Baio.

Jack Wilshere thought he would never make it back

Jack 'thought he'd never get back': Returning Wilshere frustrated by rate of recovery

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22:06 GMT, 21 September 2012

After more than a year on the sidelines, Jack Wilshere's journey back to Arsenal's first team is almost complete.

Arsene Wenger admitted on Friday that
there were times when the midfielder, who has not played a Barclays
Premier League game for Arsenal since a 2-2 draw with Fulham on May 22
last year, feared he might not make it and was angry at the time it has
taken to recover from operations to his ankle and knee.

But Wilshere's hard work and
dedication is about to pay off and Wenger is convinced the talented
20-year-old will be razor sharp in the centre of midfield within weeks.

In the thick of it: Jack Wilshere (right) has returned to full Arsenal training after 14 months out

In the thick of it: Jack Wilshere (right) has returned to full Arsenal training after 14 months out

Getting stuck in: Wilshere (centre) will be eased back into Arsene Wenger's first team plans

Getting stuck in: Wilshere (centre) will be eased back into Arsene Wenger's first team plans

The Arsenal manager, preparing for Sunday's league clash at Manchester
City, said: 'He has had ups and downs, maybe more downs over the past
14 months.

'We have to be cautious because he has been out for a long
time and it takes a while to get back to match fitness.

'I have never
had any doubts, but when you are so young, and to be out for that length
of time, is a good test of mental strength. 'I didn't doubt he would be
back, but you would have to ask him if it crossed his mind – I would
say yes.

'I am certain he will be a better player. If you have this type
of injury after the age of 25 it is different. 'After three months
competition I am sure he will be back to his best. It takes time to find
that little burst again.'

Wilshere will continue to work at Arsenal's
training ground in the coming days and will play in a development match
for the Under 21 team when he is fully fit.

That is for the future, but
Wenger is still juggling off-field matters with his players ahead of Sunday 's match against champions City.

Although Wenger insisted on Friday that Theo Walcott's continued absence from the starting
line-up has nothing to do with his aborted contract talks, the issue is
no closer to being resolved.

The Arsenal winger, a regular last season,
has been on the bench ever since he refused to sign an extended and
improved offer to stay at the Emirates.

Happy lads The Walcott (left) could leave team-mate Wilshere (centre) in January

Happy lads The Walcott (left) could leave team-mate Wilshere (centre) in January

There is now a serious danger
that he could be left behind by this improving Arsenal team and Wenger
will consider selling the 23-year-old in January if they have not made
progress.

The Arsenal manager added: 'I still hope he will sign, but the
longer the situation lasts the more difficult it will be.'

'In terms of
January, it will depend on the needs of the team and the club whether
we sell him.

'We can afford to go to the end of the contract if needed.'

Walcott is expected to be on the bench again tomorrow as Arsenal aim to
continue their sparkling early-season form against City after wins at
Liverpool and Montpellier, along with last weekend's 6-1
victory over Southampton at the Emirates.

Main man: Arsenal will look to Lukas Podolski (right) to fire them to victory over Manchester City

Main man: Arsenal will look to Lukas Podolski (right) to fire them to victory over Manchester City

VIDEO: Wenger is preparing for the Manchester City game on Sunday

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Judd Trump into Shanghai Masters quarter-finals after beating Mark Allen

Trump seals spot in Shanghai Masters quarters after five frame burst sends Allen packing

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 20 September 2012

World No 2 Judd Trump won five frames in a row for the second day in succession to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

Trump trailed Barry Hawkins 3-0 in the first round before battling back to win and the left-hander recovered from a similar position against Northern Ireland's Mark Allen.

Allen took the opening two frames but Trump found his form with a century in the third and took the next two as well.

In fine fettle: Trump saw off Allen

In fine fettle: Trump saw off Allen

Trump was in first in the sixth frame but ran out of position and Allen eventually worked a chance to level the scores, only to miss a straightforward yellow.

It looked as though he may have got lucky when the white ran up close to a red, but Trump pulled off a superb thin cut with the rest and went on to win the frame and take the match in the next.

Hashim Amla and AB be Villiers help South Africa thrash England and level series 2-2

Amla and De Villiers ensure South Africa thrash England and level the series

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19:39 GMT, 5 September 2012

England's highly successful 2012 one-day international campaign ended in chastening anti-climax, and a drawn NatWest Series, as South Africa trounced them by seven wickets at Trent Bridge.

Victory would have taken England's winning ratio to 13 out of 14 completed matches this year, and an eighth consecutive home series success.

Instead, after a string of batsmen had contributed to their own downfall with regrettable shots in England's 182 all out on a perfectly viable surface, even James Anderson and Jade Dernbach's new-ball burst could not turn the tide.

From 14 for three in the fifth over, South Africa were hastened home by Hashim Amla (97no) and AB de Villiers (75no) in an unbroken stand of 172.

Flashing blade: Hashim Amla was unbeaten as South Africa easily reached England's total

Flashing blade: Hashim Amla was unbeaten as South Africa easily reached England's total

England v South Africa fifth ODI

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The end came predictably swiftly, an
astounding 15.3 overs to spare illustrating the ease of victory and
depth of defeat, as De Villiers hit his first 50 of the summer against
England after Amla had coasted past the same milestone for the fourth
time.

South Africa's ODI opener duly
finished another prolific series as his team's top scorer in every
match, and with 335 runs in all.

Only captain Alastair Cook (51) and Chris Woakes had done themselves any justice with the bat for England.

The hosts lost their first two
wickets for the addition of one run, in the fourth and fifth overs,
after choosing to bat on a glorious afternoon for this day-night
fixture.

Watchful: AB de Villiers compiled an unbeaten half-century

Watchful: AB de Villiers compiled an unbeaten half-century

They made an encouraging start until
Ian Bell missed a delivery that came on with the arm from Robin Peterson
(three for 37) and was lbw pushing forward, Kumar Dharmasena's decision
confirmed after the batsman invoked DRS.

Ravi Bopara, pushed up to number three in the absence of the injured Jonathan Trott, is enduring a nightmare run of form.

His troubles continued when Dale
Steyn pitched one in the ideal place and found just enough movement for
Bopara to be caught behind for single figures for the third successive
time in this series.

This was also his second duck in
those three innings, and put added pressure on new batsman Jonny
Bairstow – called up for his first one-day international cap since last
October.

Frustration: James Anderson can't disguide his dismay as Amla and De Villers compile the highest-ever fourth wicket partnership for South Africa against England in ODIs

Frustration: James Anderson can't disguide his dismay as Amla and De Villers compile the highest-ever fourth wicket partnership for South Africa against England in ODIs

The young Yorkshireman fared well in a
55-run stand with Cook, until he became the first of three successive
batsmen to fall to catches chipped unerringly straight into fielders'
hands.

Bairstow picked out deep square-leg
off Morne Morkel; Eoin Morgan hit his second delivery, from JP Duminy,
to mid-on – where Amla had just been brought up five yards to save the
single.

Then Cook, who had done so much of
the hard work on his way to his first half-century in his last 10 Test
and ODI innings, lost his famed concentration against Faf du Plessis'
part-time leg-spin and pushed a low full toss back for a routine return
catch.

It was an unsatisfactory end to his
72-ball stay, and a similar summary applied when Craig Kieswetter
mistimed an attempted big hit off Morkel and skied a catch to Amla again
at mid-off.

Top scorer: England captain Alastair Cook notched 51

Top scorer: England captain Alastair Cook notched 51

After the wicketkeeper-batsman had
gone in the powerplay, following back Nottinghamshire's own Samit Patel –
who gloved a slower-ball bouncer from Steyn behind – England began what
should have been the last 10 overs on an unpromising 165 for seven.

The tail then folded to Peterson, who
took two wickets in two balls – and not even Woakes' career-best 33 not
out could salvage much worthwhile before Dernbach was last out in just
45.2 overs.

The tourists' reply was almost
immediately minus Graeme Smith and Du Plessis, the opener caught by a
juggling James Tredwell at second slip off Dernbach and the out-of-form
number three edging to the wicketkeeper off a rampant Anderson.

England's pace spearhead, on one of
his favourite hunting grounds, struck for a second time when Dean Elgar
edged behind to go for a tortured single after a hapless collection of
plays and misses.

But the rush of wickets brought
man-of-the-series Amla and captain De Villiers together early – and
South Africa's most accomplished batsmen, ranked first and third in the
world, soon put the struggles of England's batsmen into stark yet fair
context.

Amla was marginally first to his 50,
in 63 balls, but De Villiers got there more quickly – hitting eight
fours from just 54 deliveries.

Once the fourth-wicket pair had
ridden the storm against Anderson, they were never out of a canter in a
decidedly one-sided contest.

Roberto Di Matteo delighted with Eden Hazard

Outstanding! Di Matteo says new boy Hazard is exactly the player Chelsea wanted

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 19 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Roberto Di Matteo hailed Eden Hazard’s debut and insisted his fleet-footed performance showed why Chelsea spent the 32million to land the Belgian forward.

Hazard could not have made a more impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League following his summer move from Lille, as he created both goals in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Wigan.

He was given a standing ovation when the 25million Brazilian Oscar, another new boy, replaced him after 64 minutes.

Dream start: Eden Hazard (second left) celebrates with Frank Lampard (right) as Chelsea beat Wigan

Dream start: Eden Hazard (second left) celebrates with Frank Lampard (right) as Chelsea beat Wigan

His intelligence, skill and movement, coupled with the way he linked with Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, augurs well for the future and Di Matteo believes Hazard’s presence will transform his side’s style, something which Frank Lampard feels Chelsea’s fans are 'crying out to see'.

‘Eden showed all his quality,’ said the Chelsea manager after goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Lampard via the penalty spot secured victory. ‘He was outstanding. He combined well with his team-mates, was a threat. He was exactly what we were looking for.

‘He's got great technical ability, a burst of pace as well to get away from players; he can play with his back to goal. He has a lot of characteristics which he'll bring to our team.’

Felled: Wigan's Ivan Ramis gives away a penalty by fouling Hazard (centre) inside the area

Felled: Wigan's Ivan Ramis gives away a penalty by fouling Hazard (centre) inside the area

Equally impressive was Hazard’s ability to deal with some heavy challenges and, when asked if he feared teams singling him out for rough treatment, Di Matteo added: ‘These kinds of players, they're difficult to mark, they're good on the ball, they move… I don't think teams will try to.

‘I think it will be a matter of the game. I brought in another guy who's not bad himself (Oscar). I just wanted to freshen it up a bit. I thought we were always comfortable.’

Di Matteo, who is close to signing Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta, refused to discuss whether he will be adding Wigan’s Victor Moses to his squad. Wigan have dropped their initial 10million valuation and manager Roberto Martinez is frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused.

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez (right) has work do to but Roberto Di Matteo will be content

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez (right) has work do to but Roberto Di Matteo will be content

‘The transfer window should close before the official games start,’ said Martinez, who admitted it was 'a risk' to start Moses. ’It's unfair on the fans and the footballers. Victor, in the last 10 days, has got himself focused.

‘He wanted to help the team, but it's unfair asking any player – at 21 or 31 – to cope with that mental pressure. That's very unfair. We want this league to be the best in the world, so we should look after our players.’

Wigan defended admirably after the lamentable start they made but Martinez said: ‘We didn’t play with our heads in the first seven minutes. In pre-season, you work over 55 sessions to get the right start but we were too soft. We had no defensive intensity.’

London Olympics 2012: Caster Semenya leaves it too late as Mariya Sevinova wins women"s 800m

Semenya leaves sprint finish too late as Sevinova takes gold in women's 800m

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 11 August 2012

Russia's Mariya Savinova added Olympic gold to her world title with a commanding victory in the 800m in a season's best and world-leading time of 1:56.19.

America's Alysia Johnson Montano led the field through the bell before defending champion Pamela Jelimo hit the front, the Kenyan leading around the top bend but then fading badly down the home straight.

Savinova timed her run to perfection and eased away to finish over a second ahead of the fast-finishing former world champion Caster Semenya, with Jelimo relegated to fourth on the line by Russia's Ekaterina Poistogova.

More follows

Over the line: Mariya Savinova wins the 800m, holding off the late burst of Caster Semenya and Ekaterina Poistogova

Over the line: Mariya Savinova wins the 800m, holding off the late burst of Caster Semenya and Ekaterina Poistogova

Over she goes: Mariya Savinova wins

Final chance: Caster Semenya left her sprint too late to win the 800m

Final chance: Caster Semenya left her sprint too late to win the 800m

London 2012 Olympics: Christine Ohuruogu wins 400m silver medal

Ohuruogu loses 400m title to Richards-Ross but battles to silver medal

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UPDATED:

20:15 GMT, 5 August 2012

Christine Ohuruogu has won the silver medal in the women's 400m at the London Olympics.

The defending champion burst into contention on the home straight but was unable to overhaul Sanya Richards-Ross.

More to follow…

Brit special: Christine Ohuruogu running in the 400m

Brit special: Christine Ohuruogu running in the 400m

London Olympics 2012: Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter claim silver in men"s double sculls

Purchase and Hunter take silver as Denmark's late burst grabs lightweight double sculls title

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12:02 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter have won the silver medal in the lightweight men's double sculls. Denmark's Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist took the gold.

The defending Olympic champions were pipped in the latter stages of the race by a stunning burst from the Danish duo in another thrilling finale at Eton Dorney.

Heartbreak: Mark Hunter (left) and Zac Purchase reflect after being pushed into second place

Heartbreak: Mark Hunter (left) and Zac Purchase reflect after being pushed into second place

Hunter was devastated to surrender his Olympic crown.

'We wanted this race so badly,' he told BBC1. 'Sorry to everybody that we've let down.'

Purchase said the problem at the start did not affect their race.

'We did the best race we could,' he said. 'We've really enjoyed being part of this amazing team. I just wish we could have been a bit quicker.'

Gutted: Purchase and Hunter

Gutted: Purchase and Hunter were bitterly disappointed to relinquish their crown

Purchase and Hunter were less than a hundred yards into the race when a seat broke.

The rest of the boats stopped and after Purchase used a screwdriver to mend the seat, the race re-started.

It looked like the duo were remarkably going to hang on for gold only to be pipped in the final few yards.

Pipped at the post: Rasmus Quist and Mads Rasmussen (top) times their finish to perfection

Pipped at the post: Rasmus Quist and Mads Rasmussen (top) times their finish to perfection

Mo Farah wins 5,000m at European Championships in Helsinki

Mighty Mo shows his class by retaining European 5,000m title with ease in Helsinki

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 27 June 2012

Britain's Mo Farah has retained his 5,000 metres title at the European Championships with a supremely confident performance in Helsinki.

Farah, who is also world champion over the distance, led at the bell and was never going to be caught as he powered to victory in 13 minutes 29.91 seconds.

Champion: Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5000metre final at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki

Champion: Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5000metre final at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki

Champion: Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5000metre final at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki

That was more than 30 seconds slower than his world-leading time in 2012 set in Oregon earlier this month, but the gold medal was all that mattered and proved once again that the 29-year-old has matured into a superb championship athlete.

Running his penultimate 5,000m before the London Olympics, Farah was content to sit at the very back of the field for the opening 600m before slowing moving through the pack.

Catch me if you can: Farah sprinted to victory with a late burst after running a superb tactical race

Catch me if you can: Farah sprinted to victory with a late burst after running a superb tactical race

Catch me if you can: Farah sprinted to victory with a late burst after running a superb tactical race

With eight and a half laps remaining he and Turkey's Kemboi Arikan finally began to close the gap on Russia's Anatoliy Rybakov, who had been allowed to open a lead of around 40 metres, and with five laps remaining Farah had hit the front.

That was where he stayed until the bell signalled a last-lap sprint for glory, Farah gradually pulling away from the field to win by almost two seconds from Germany's Arne Gabius, with Arikan claiming bronze.