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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova discharged from hospital

Barca coach Vilanova discharged from hospital after cancer op

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18:14 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:14 GMT, 22 December 2012

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has been discharged from hospital after undergoing an operation on his parotid gland on Thursday.

The 44-year-old, who also had a tumour removed from his throat in November last year, now faces six weeks of chemotherapy.

A Barcelona statement read: 'The Barca coach has left hospital this Saturday after Thursday’s operation.

Out of hospital: Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova has been discharged from hospital

Out of hospital: Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova has been discharged from hospital

'Given the post-surgery progress, Tito Vilanova has been discharged from hospital on Saturday afternoon. The Barca coach’s operation on Thursday went as planned.'

Barcelona announced on Wednesday night that Vilanova would be undergoing another operation on his parotid gland after a return of the illness was diagnosed this week.

The Barca boss, who took over from Pep Guardiola in the summer, was expected to remain in hospital for three to four days following his operation.

Well wishers: Fans hold a sign in support of Vilanova

Well wishers: Fans hold a sign in support of Vilanova

The Primera Division leaders, who have enjoyed their best-ever start to a season after dropping just two points in their opening 16 games, named assistant coach Jordi Roura to take interim charge while Vilanova undergoes his treatment.

Lionel Messi scored 91st and final goal of record-breaking season

91 and out! Messi strikes again to bring curtain down on incredible year… now see each and every goal

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UPDATED:

21:29 GMT, 22 December 2012

Lionel Messi scored his final goal of a record breaking year as Barcelona won 3-1 against Valladolid on Saturday night.

Messi's second-half strike was his 91st of the season, nutmegging a defender and rattling home with his deadly left-foot to sign off in style.

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Unstoppable: Lionel Messi (left) scored the 91st goal of his record-breaking season

Unstoppable: Lionel Messi (left) scored the 91st goal of his record-breaking season

Bang: Messi smashes in Barcelona's second goal as they extended their La Liga lead

Bang: Messi smashes in Barcelona's second goal as they extended their La Liga lead

He broke Gerd Muller's 40-year-old milestone of 85 goals in a calendar year by grabbing 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina.

The victory leaves Barcelona nine points clear of Atletico Madrid in second and 16 points up on Real Madrid, before they take to the field against Malaga later on.

It was achieved without manager Tito Vilanova who was released from hospital just before the match after having throat surgery to remove a tumour.

Both teams wore T-shirts which carried messages of support for the manager, who will undergo chemotherapy in upcoming weeks.

Support: Messi's T-shirt has a photo of Tito Vilanova on it along with the word 'courage'

Support: Messi's T-shirt has a photo of Tito Vilanova on it along with the word 'courage'

For Tito: The team wore the shirts to support their boss who was released from hospital today

For Tito: The team wore the shirts to support their boss who was released from hospital today

'This win is for Tito,' said Barcelona defender Dani Alves.

'It's a surprise and joy that he is home now. We are here to help him any way he can. Football is secondary now, he is fighting for his life.'

Andres Iniesta: Secret to Barcelona"s success – constant evolution

Football perfection Impossible. Constant evolution is secret of Barcelona's success

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09:48 GMT, 21 December 2012

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta believes football perfection is impossible to attain and that instead his team focus on evolving every year.

The midfield magician, who is up for the this year’s FIFA's Ballon d'Or award against superstars Leonel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says improvement not perfection is the aim of the squad at the Nou Camp.

Speaking to BBC's Football Focus programme, the 28-year-old said: 'There is no such thing as the perfect player. Everyone can improve and things can be done better. I rate myself as someone who enjoys the learning process and someone who tries to be better every year.

Team ethic: Iniesta believes football perfection is impossible

Team ethic: Iniesta believes football perfection is impossible

'Perfection doesn't exist. There are players who are close but it is almost impossible to be perfect. If that was the case there wouldn’t be evolution in football.

'I don't consider myself a star. I consider myself a footballer who tries to improve myself by doing things well. What really makes me happy is when I feel I've improved at the end of each year and I hope this feeling can go on and on.'

Iniesta is a key part of the record-breaking Barcelona and Spanish national team that has won both the World Cup and last two European Champions and completed another year at the top of the FIFA world rankings.

United front: Iniesta was among the players present at the press conference where boss Tito Vilanova's cancer relapse was announced

United front: Iniesta was among the players present at the press conference where boss Tito Vilanova's cancer relapse was announced

United front: Iniesta was among the players present at the press conference where boss Tito Vilanova's cancer relapse was announced

Barcelona announced on Thursday that Tito Vilanova’s operation on his parotid gland had gone 'as expected' as the 44-year-old began a second battle with cancer.

Vilanova, who also had a tumour removed from his throat in November last year, will now start six weeks of chemotherapy.

In a statement, the club said: 'Vilanova’s surgical procedure has gone as expected. His clinical progress will determine how long he remains in hospital.

'The expected timeframe has been maintained. Tito asks for his privacy and confidentiality to be respected.'

Gold standard: Iniesta was among the Ballon D'Or nominees

Gold standard: Iniesta was among the Ballon D'Or nominees

You can watch the full interview on Saturday at 12.15pm on BBC One.

Tony Greig to have treatment for lung cancer

Ex-England captain Greig to have surgery next week after lung cancer diagnosis

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07:16 GMT, 9 November 2012

Former England captain Tony Greig, who was last month diagnosed with lung cancer, is to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

The 66-year-old spoke to the Channel Nine commentary team, of which he is usually a member, during their coverage of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane.

Greig was candid about the situation, saying: 'It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do.

Surgery: Tony Greig (left) was diagnosed with lung cancer last month

Surgery: Tony Greig (left) was diagnosed with lung cancer last month

'I'm going in on Monday for a Tuesday operation. Then we'll start to fight back after that.

'Once they've done the operation the plan is to have some chemotherapy to see if we can make a dent in this setback I've had.

'It's been an incredible, very short journey so far. You've got no idea how much one misses going to the cricket on a day like today. It takes a little bit of getting used to.'

Skipper: England captain Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Skipper: England captain Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Greig first became aware he had a problem during Australia's one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September.

Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka last month, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

On his return to Australia he had fluid removed from the right lung. Testing revealed he had lung cancer.

Chuck Pagano speech: Leukaemia coach talks to Indianapolis Colts

NFL coach suffering with leukaemia gives team emotional speech after returning from hospital

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18:35 GMT, 6 November 2012

American football coach Chuck Pagano gave the Indianapolis Colts an emotional and rousing post-match speech after attending his first game since being diagnosed with leukaemia.

The coach has been receiving chemotherapy treatment since September 26, when he discovered he had the cancer.

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Emotional: Chuck Pagano raises his fist at the end of the speech he gave his side after their victory at the weekend

Emotional: Chuck Pagano raises his fist at the end of the speech he gave his side after their victory at the weekend

Get well soon: Pagano was diagnosed with leukaemia (pictured before undergoing chemotherapy)

Get well soon: Pagano was diagnosed with leukaemia (pictured before undergoing chemotherapy)

Support: Fans and players alike are backing Pagano to come back and put up this #chuckstrong banner in support of him

Support: Fans and players alike are backing Pagano to come back and put up this #chuckstrong banner in support of him

But he turned up at the Lucas Oil Stadium
on November 4 and saw his side beat the Miami Dolphins 23-20 before
heading down to the locker room to deliver his moving team-talk.

Pagano spoke to his men about the
power of positive thinking and visualisation, how they visualised what
they wanted and achieved it in the game – the Colts came back from
behind.

He told them about how because he was visualising overcoming the cancer 'it was already beat'.

Pagano talked of seeing two more of
his daughters get married – he has three, Taylor, Tori and Tara who is
married with two children.

Backed to the hilt: The entire Indianapolis Colts team is behind their coach

Backed to the hilt: The entire Indianapolis Colts team is behind their coach

Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne

A fan holds up a banner in support

Come on Chuck! Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne takes off his helmet while a fan holds up a message of support (right)

Pagano was released from the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Centre two weeks beforehand.

Colts owner, Jim Irsay, announced Pagano would be watching two days before the game took place.

The game was notable itself for a
record breaking performance from quarterback Andrew Luck, in which he
threw for 433 passing yards – beating the previous record of 432 yards
set by Cam Newton.

Pagano's side are now 5-3 and will travel to Jacksonville in Week 10.

PAGANO'S SPEECH IN FULL

'I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in a vision and you weren't living in circumstances. Because you know where they had us in the beginning. Every last one of them.

'But you refused to live in circumstances and you decided consciously, as a team, and as a family, to live in a vision. And that's why you bring things home like you brought home today. That's why you're already champions, and well on your way.

'I got circumstances. You guys understand it. I understand it. It's already beat. It's already beat. My vision that I'm living, see two more daughters getting married, dancing at their weddings, and then hoisting that Lombardi several times and watch that confetti fall on this f****** group right here.

'Several times, we're going to hoist that baby. I'm dancing at two more weddings. And we're hoisting that trophy together man. Congratulations.'

Good news came with doctors saying his leukaemia is in 'remission', but treatment must continue over two years.

His form of the cancer is acute promyelocytic leukaemia which in over 80 per cent of cases can be cured.

When the news broke at the end of September the team were distraught.

Ryan Grigson took over as general
manager but hopes Pagano will be able to return and coach from the press
box later in the season.

Offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians was nearly in tears when he heard the news.

Arians fought prostate cancer in 2007 and backed his colleague to emerge on top.

'I know him. He's a fighter. He's
survived tough times already in his life,' said Arians. 'As a cancer
survivor myself, I know that these first few days are really hard on you
but as he and I talked yesterday, it's just a matter of time.'

He spoke of a tribute to Pagano which is taking place.

Arians said: 'I asked Mr. Irsay if we
would leave the light on in his office permanently till he comes back
and we are going to do that.'

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Classic setback for Queen"s Estimate

Classic setback for Queen's filly after third-place finish in Lillie Langtry Stakes

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23:04 GMT, 2 August 2012

The chances of having a royal runner in the final Classic of the season appear to be over after the Queen’s Estimate could only finish third in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1 for next month’s St Leger by sponsors Ladbrokes after giving her owner a Diamond Jubilee Royal Ascot winner in the two-mile Queen’s Vase.

The Queen won the Silver Jubilee St Leger in 1977 with Dunfermline, but Estimate’s hopes look forlorn after her two-and-three-quarter length defeat by Wild Coco, who provided Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally with their fourth winner of the week.

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Stoute said: 'She has run well and staying is her game. I’ll have to talk to connections but I’d think the St Leger is unlikely.’

Wild Coco could step up to the Group One Yorkshire Oaks later this month and thus accompany stablemate Frankel in Cecil’s team for the Ebor meeting.

Cecil, whose chemotherapy treatment has prevented him from attending this meeting, reported Frankel in good shape after his Sussex Stakes win on Wednesday.

But the trainer was lukewarm on suggestions that a tilt at the Prix du Moulin could be inserted in the colt’s programme between runs in the Juddmonte International at York and the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

Cecil said: ‘Whether he contests the Prix du Moulin is questionable.’
Cecil, who runs Midsummer Sun and Stipulate today plus Timepiece in the Group One Nassau Stakes, is battling Mark Johnston for the title of top trainer at the meeting after Johnston, who has claimed that crown seven times, landed his fourth race of the week with Heavy Metal in the Richmond Stakes.

Meanwhile, Irish trainer John Oxx chose the 200th Goodwood Cup to register his first Glorious Goodwood winner courtesy of the 2-1 favourite Saddler’s Rock.

The Johnny Murtagh-ridden winner, who held off fast-finishing Askar Tau by a length, had blown his chance by pulling too hard when third in the Ascot Gold Cup won by Thursday’s third Colour Vision.

Oxx said: ‘Not just one thing went wrong at Ascot, three or four things went wrong. If it had been one thing we might still have won.’

Saddler’s Rock is also York-bound with the Lonsdale Stakes his target.

Jock Hobbs dies aged 52

All Blacks legend Hobbs dies after long battle with leukaemia

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08:15 GMT, 14 March 2012

Former New Zealand captain Jock Hobbs has died at the age of 52.

Hobbs passed away in Wellington Hospital after losing his battle with leukaemia.

He is survived by his wife Nicky and four children. The family said in a statement: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jock Hobbs this afternoon.

Mourning: Former New Zealand skipper Jock Hobbs (left) has died

Mourning: Former New Zealand skipper Jock Hobbs (left) has died

'Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock's care.'

Hobbs was chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union board from 2002 and was also chief of the World Cup organising body but stepped down from both roles in 2010.

He was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukaemia in 2006 and needed six months of chemotherapy in 2010.

Hobbs was key to New Zealand's bid to host last year's tournament and travelled to Dublin in 2005 to the International Rugby Board HQ.

A flanker, Hobbs played 21 Tests, four as skipper, and former All Blacks coach Graham Henry said: 'Saluting a true hero of our game, Jock Hobbs helped lead New Zealand Rugby through some of our greatest times.'

A statement on the All Blacks website read: 'We've lost a very dear friend, a rugby great and an incredible New Zealander. All our thoughts are with Jock's family at this sad time.'

Jarrod Lyle suffers leukemia recurrence

Devastating blow for Lyle with golf star set for fresh chemotherapy after leukemia

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08:15 GMT, 9 March 2012

Jarrod Lyle has suffered a recurrence of leukemia upon returning home to Australia to prepare for the birth of his first child.

Robert Allenby, who supports a cancer program that once had Lyle as a patient, said he received word on Thursday that Lyle was going to start chemotherapy as soon as his wife gave birth.

'If he starts chemo now, he won't be able to touch the baby or watch the birth,' Allenby said. 'They're inducing her today, and she has the baby, he goes straight into treatments. It's just devastating.'

Fitness fight: Jarrod Lyle is set to undergo more chemotherapy

Fitness fight: Jarrod Lyle is set to undergo more chemotherapy

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17. He not only recovered, but went on to earn his PGA Tour card. He thought the chemotherapy from his teen years would make him infertile, and was thrilled to learn his wife, Briony, was pregnant.

'He just got his whole life where he wants,' said Allenby, who has been exchanging text messages with Lyle throughout the day. 'He's married, he has a new baby coming, he's playing great golf. And now this. It's the same cancer that's come back, the same leukemia.'

Lyle's manager Tony Bouffler said Friday the player was in good spirits and elated about the pending birth of his child, which was expected by Saturday.

'He's of good country stock and he's
pretty resilient,' Bouffler said, adding that Lyle would begin
chemotherapy treatments on Monday in Melbourne.

Support: Robert Allenby revealed the news

Support: Robert Allenby revealed the news

Lyle matched his best finish on the PGA Tour three weeks ago at Riviera, where he missed a playoff by two shots and tied for fifth. He went to Mexico and tied for 37th.

Perhaps his greatest fame in America came last year in the Phoenix Open, when he made an ace on the raucous par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale.

Allenby saw him last week in south Florida.

'I said to him, “What's wrong with you You don't look good,'' Allenby said. 'He said he thought he was bitten last week in Mexico. His left arm was tight and sore in the vein, like he had a virus.

'I said, “You should go home and get checked out, especially coming from where you've been.” He was going to go home because his wife was due in two weeks. It's just terrible.'

Allenby first met Lyle in the 'Challenge a Cancer' network in Australia, when Lyle was 17 and had just been diagnosed. Lyle mentioned his affinity for golf – he was about a two-handicap at the time – and recalled getting Allenby's autograph at Victoria Golf Club one year.

Lyle not only recovered, but seven years later he played in his first British Open, sharing a practice round at Royal Liverpool with Allenby. He first reached the PGA Tour in 2007, and made it back each of the last three years.

Allenby said he heard of Lyle's relapse through Dave Rogers, the CEO of the 'Challenge' support network.

'We keep a close eye on Jarrod. He's kind of like our No 1 with the success he's had to get where he is,' Allenby said. 'Now to go through it again, it's devastating.'

Josh Gifford dies at the age of 70

Racing legend Gifford, the man who trained Aldaniti, dies at the age of 70

Bob Champion believes the unswerving loyalty shown to colleagues reflected the true measure of Grand National-winning trainer Josh Gifford who has died aged 70.

Despite, a career spanning almost 50 years and including four jump jockey championships and over 1,500 winners as a trainer, Gifford will forever be associated with the emotional 1981 National when Champion fought back from cancer to win on board Aldaniti, who himself had recovered from crippling injury.

Throughout the unlikely tale and as Champion endured the emotional rollercoaster of chemotherapy, Gifford realised the importance of the Aintree goal for his jockey as he helped orchestrate one of the most remarkable stories the sport has ever seen.

One of the greats: Gifford with Jenny Pitman in 1997

One of the greats: Gifford with Jenny Pitman in 1997

Unsurprisingly, the script made it to the big screen with actor Edward Woodward playing Gifford.

Champion said: ‘People did not think
I’d get back and when I did they not think I really had. His faith in me
was rewarded. He kept giving me confidence and he did that throughout
my career as he did for all the lads who rode for him.

‘I’ll also remember that he was a great jockey – people forget how good he was – and then a fantastic trainer.

‘He also absolutely brilliant with the owners. Even if they’d had a bad day, they went home feeling they had had a good one.’

Gifford was only 14 when riding his
first winner on Dorsol at Birmingham in 1956. Other successes as an
apprentice came in the Chester Cup and November Handicap.

But rising weight prompted a switch
to jumping and a link up with the stable of Captain Ryan Price at Findon
in Sussex, from where he himself would later train.

Legend: Gifford taking part in an Oxfam campaign during his time as a jockey

Legend: Gifford taking part in an Oxfam campaign during his time as a jockey

Josh Gifford

Josh Gifford

Racing great: Gifford the jockey with trainer Ryan Price (left) and with actress Diana Rigg (right)

Their successes together amazingly
included four of the first runnings of the fiercely competitive
Schweppes Hurdle, now known as the Betfair Hurdle and due to be run at
Newbury on Friday.

Rosyth (1963-4), Le Vermontois
(1966), and the controversial Hill House (1967), who kept the race after
initially failing a post-race test which prompted a successful legal
challenge, reflected the potent combination of the Gifford-Price
combination.

It was after riding in the 1970 Grand
National that Gifford, whose daughter Tina was a dual bronze medallist
in the British three-day eventing team at the Beijing Olympics,
suddenly retired at the age of 28.

The following 30 years saw his name associated as he trainer of some iconic steeplechasing names.

They including 1993 Queen Mother
Champion Chase winner Deep Sensation, 1978 Hennessy hero Approaching,
1982 Whitbread Gold Cup Shady Deal, dual SGB Chase winner Door Latch
(1985-6) as well as Bradbury Star, twice successful in the Mackeson Gold
Cup (1993-4).

Unforgettable: Bob Champion rides the Gifford-trained Aldaniti to victory in the 1981 Grand National

Unforgettable: Bob Champion rides the Gifford-trained Aldaniti to victory in the 1981 Grand National

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This second stage of his racing life,
which almost won him a trainer’s championship in 1988 when pipped on
the last day of the season by his friend David Elsworth, concluded at
the end of the 2002-3 season with victory for Skycab under Leighton
Aspell at one of his favourite tracks, Sandown, after which
cricket-loving Gifford handed the reins of his stable to his son Nick.

Former stable jockey Richard Rowe, who rode Shady Deal, also paid tribute to his old boss.

He said: ‘My time there was the best
for both of our careers, he was a great man to work for. “Some of the
horses I rode for him were top-class. Kybo was the best, it was just
unfortunate that he broke a leg before the Gold Cup. I was only talking
about him with Josh last week.

‘The reason my dad was so keen for me
to join Josh was that he'd been a great jockey and he said there'd be
no-one better to learn off. He was right. And so it's been with my
training, I often think 'what would Josh do now' and try to copy him. I
couldn't have wished for a better teacher.’

West Ham T-shirt tribute for sick Dylan Tombides

West Ham players plan T-shirt tribute for sick starlet Tombides

Cancer battle: Dylan Tombides

Cancer battle: Dylan Tombides

West Ham players will wear T-shirts
in support of academy star Dylan Tombides on Staurday after he was told
he needs an operation to remove cancerous tumours.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce approved
the players' request to warm up in specially designed T-shirts as a
tribute to the young Australian before the home Championship match with
Nottingham Forest.

Skipper Kevin Nolan, along with senior players including Carlton Cole, made the request earlier this week.

The striker, who came through the ranks at West Ham, will have an
operation to remove cancerous cells in his lymph glands next week.

Tombides, who signed his first professional contract at Upton Park last summer, was originally diagnosed with testicular cancer during the Under 17 World Cup in June and has since been having chemotherapy.

He had been making progress and hoped to return to training towards the end of last year. But he suffered a setback just before Christmas and requires the operation urgently.

Show of support: Hammers captain Kevin Nolan

Show of support: Hammers captain Kevin Nolan

Tombides, whose brother is also in the Hammers academy, has been treated at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London throughout his ordeal.

He is still determined to fight back and his team-mates, along with Allardyce and club officials, have been fully supportive in his battle.