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Frank Lampard in talks with Chinese club Guizhou Renhe

Lampard opens talks with Chinese club over January exit… but what does that mean for Christine's TV career

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UPDATED:

13:35 GMT, 12 November 2012

Frank Lampard is in talks with Chinese club Guizhou Renhe over a possible move away from Stamford Bridge in January, which could cast doubts over his future England career.

Renhe's deputy board chairman Yang Xiayou has said the club are in contact with Lampard but that no deal had been done.

Lampard, as well as left-back Ashley Cole, has been a linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

On his way Frank Lampard (centre) and Christine Bleakley watched Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

On his way Frank Lampard (centre) and Christine Bleakley watched Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

End of an era Lampard has been contacted by Chinese club Guizhou over a possible transfer

End of an era Lampard has been contacted by Chinese club Guizhou over a possible transfer

A potential stumbling block for Lampard's proposed move could be his relationship with fiancee Christine Bleakley.

The former Daybreak presenter is predominantly Britain-based, which could disrupt Lampard's move to the Far East.

'Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been
settled,' the Renhe official told the Beijing television station BTV-6.

It followed reports in which the club's chairman Dai Yongge had claimed Lampard would join them as captain in January.

Lampard's agent has declined to comment on speculation about the midfielder's future and Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo dismissed the link to Renhe when the subject was raised in a press conference following Chelsea's Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool yesterday.

According to reports, Chelsea are not prepared to offer more than a one-year extension to Lampard, who could secure a lucrative payday to finish his career elsewhere.

Former Stamford Bridge team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka did just that when they joined Shanghai Shenhua this year on contracts said to earn them in excess of 250,000 a week, and Lampard could be in for a similarly lucrative deal should he follow them to China.

Lampard has been linked with a move to China since March, while he has been touted for even longer as a big-name replacement for David Beckham in Major League Soccer.

Renhe, who are based in China's
south-western province of Guizhou, qualified for the AFC Champions
League for the first time last season following a fourth-place finish in
the Super League.

Following suit: Former Chelsea team-mates Drogba and Anelka have already made the switch to China

Following suit: Former Chelsea team-mates Drogba and Anelka have already made the switch to China

Following suit: Former Chelsea team-mates Drogba and Anelka have already made the switch to China

STARS OF EUROPE PLYING THEIR TRADE IN CHINA

Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka moved to Shanghai Shenhua in last season's January transfer window and was followed by Stamford Bridge favourite Didier Drogba in the summer on a free.

Lucas Barrios left Borussia Dortmund for Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee of 8million after scoring 24 goals in the Bundesliga last season.

He is partnered by former Everton and Blackburn hitman Yakubu, who joined for 1million this summer.

The strikers are managed at Guangzhou by World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi, who also had stints at Juventus and Inter Milan

Lampard, who realised his ambition to
win the Champions League in Europe last season when he captained
Chelsea to their Munich triumph, has repeatedly expressed his desire to
stay at Stamford Bridge.

But he has also admitted to concerns about the lack of contact from the club over a new deal in recent months.

Another concern would be how a move would impact his England career. Lampard is seven caps short of 100 caps for his country, scoring 26 goals.

Lampard has so far featured in Roy Hodgson's plans, and scored England's equaliser from the spot against Ukraine in September.

He has not played for the Blues since aggravating a calf injury in their Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk almost three weeks ago and is a doubt for their potential make-or-break Group E showdown at Juventus next week.

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Lucrative: Lampard could be cashing in on a move to China, as Sportsmail reported last month

Lucrative: Lampard could be cashing in on a move to China, as Sportsmail reported last month

Magic moment: Lampard was an integral part of Chelsea's victorious Champions League campaign

Magic moment: Lampard was an integral part of Chelsea's victorious Champions League campaign

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

Great Britain 0 Canada 2: Powell"s girls dumped out after shock Coventry defeat

Great Britain 0 Canada 2: Powell's girls dumped out after shock Coventry defeat

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UPDATED:

20:19 GMT, 3 August 2012

Great Britain's women were stunned by Canada in Coventry as they were beaten at the quarter-final stage.

After a brilliant win over Brazil in their final group stage, a medal looked a real possibility for Hope Powell's side.

But two goals in the first half earned Canada a place in the last four.

More to follow…

Marching on: Canada's Christine Sinclair celebrates scoring the second goal

Marching on: Canada's Christine Sinclair celebrates scoring the second goal

London 2012 Olympics: Charles van Commenee proud of GB athletes

Van Commenee speaks of pride in GB athletes ahead of Friday's curtain-raiser

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 31 July 2012

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes Britain's athletes will make the nation proud with performances in the London Olympics to herald a new golden era in the sport.

Britain won just four athletics medals at the last Games in Beijing, with Christine Ohuruogu claiming gold in the 400m, Germaine Mason (high jump) and Phillips Idowu (triple jump) taking silver and Natasha Danvers (400m hurdles) winning bronze.

Four years on the target is to win double that haul, with at least one of the eight medals gold, but Van Commenee could not be happier with his team's position with just a few days remaining until the athletics programme gets under way.

Proud: The athletics team kick-off their Olympics on Friday

Proud: The athletics team kick-off their Olympics on Friday

'I think we will make the nation proud,' the Dutchman said. 'We are coming from quite far behind [but] this is an important sport in Britain. We have been off the radar for a long time and now we're back at a home Games.

'If these athletes do not make the nation proud then I think it does not look great for the future because it does not look much better than this.'

Asked if the likes of team captain Dai Greene, heptathlete Jessica Ennis and rising stars Holly Bleasdale and Adam Gemili could form a new 'golden generation' to rival that of Linford Christie, Colin Jackson, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards, Van Commenee added: 'I think so. We have a very strong team.

'Four years ago we won four medals only and look at what we have now. No medals won yet, but we have had a great journey and enough to write about and look forward to. We have some exciting athletes.

Steering the ship: Van Commenee (left)

Steering the ship: Van Commenee (left)

'Four years ago, when I started, if I could position myself here, a few days before the Games, knowing what sort of athletes we have in contention now, I would have signed up for that straight away.

'It's a fantastic opportunity. I really feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the British team into this exciting moment.'

Bradley Wiggins' historic victory in the Tour de France took the focus off athletics in the lead-up to the Games, but Van Commenee hopes that a number of excellent performances in Stratford can have a more lasting impact than a triumph on the Champs Elysees.

'I think it's important that the impact the result will have will last for a long time,' added. 'It remains to be seen what the impact is of winning the Tour de France. Is that going to be a few days, weeks or years Nobody knows.

'It's important to see two years after the event to see what the event has meant.'

Gareme Smith returns to South Africa for birth of first child

Smith set to return in time for second Test after flying home for birth of first child

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 25 July 2012

Joy: Graeme Smith became a father for the first time

Joy: Graeme Smith became a father for the first time

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is expected to be back in England in time for the second Test after flying home to attend the birth of his first child.

Smith cut short his team's first-Test victory celebrations to be with his Irish wife Morgan after she went into labour.

On Wednesday he announced the news of the birth on his Twitter account, saying: 'Our daughter, Cadence Christine Smith, was born this morning, 3,35kg mother and daughter doing well. thx for all kind wishes that was amazing'

Smith flew home on Monday, missing the Proteas' two-day match against Worcestershire, but Cricket South Africa indicated that he will return in time for the start of their preparations for the Headingley match on Monday.

The second Test starts next Thursday.

Christine Ohuruogu lays down Olympic marker with dominant performance in London

Ohuruogu lays down Olympic marker with dominant performance in London

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UPDATED:

17:51 GMT, 14 July 2012

Britain's athletes received an
Olympic send-off with an open-top bus parade during a torrential
downpour – but Christine Ohuruogu and Goldie Sayers were singing in the
rain after the Aviva London Grand Prix.

Sayers improved her own British
record in the javelin to claim a bonus of US dollars 5,000 and an early
present ahead of her 30th birthday on Monday.

But reigning Olympic champion
Ohuruogu was perhaps even more impressive as she defied the miserable
conditions to win the 400 metres in a season's best of 50.42 seconds,
powering past world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana in the home
straight.

The leader of the pack: Christine Ohuruogu beats Amantle Montsho, Natasha Hastings and Rosemarie Whyte at Crystal Palace

The leader of the pack: Christine Ohuruogu beats Amantle Montsho, Natasha Hastings and Rosemarie Whyte at Crystal Palace

'I just wanted to sharpen up for London,' said Ohuruogu, who was last in the same race last year after a 'really appalling' performance and went on to be disqualified from the World Championships in Daegu for a false start.

'I've done all the work so I'm happy that I can take something like that away.

'I knew I had a good chance, I saw her (Montsho) look back so then I thought, 'I've got you now'. It's good that I put the race together and came out with a strong time.

Happy when it rains: Christine Ohuruogu celebrates victory in the 400m

Happy when it rains: Christine Ohuruogu celebrates victory in the 400m

'I'm happy with that. The conditions were not good but it's what we have to work with. You're just trying to stay focused and do the best you can in the race. I am where I am, I can't really complain. I'm fit and healthy and looking forward to the Games.'

Earlier in the afternoon, Sayers threw 66.17m in the first round to better her previous best of 65.75m, which was set when finishing fourth in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The 29-year-old also managed 65.74m in the third round to leave Olympic champion and world record holder Barbora Spotakova almost two metres behind in second.

Good form: Goldie Sayers had one of her best days ever

Good form: Goldie Sayers had one of her best days ever

'It's one of the best days in my athletics career. I am delighted,' Sayers said.

'It's going to take further for gold in London but it was good practice in the rain. I hope everyone is going to be doing a rain dance in London because I think it would suit me.

'It's my 30th birthday on Monday so it's a nice present; the drinks are on me! It's been a long time coming and it's very good timing, but as all athletes say, there's definitely a lot more left in there so I just need to find how to get it out at the Games when it matters.'

London 2012 Olympics: Daley Thompson picks 5 to watch

Double Olympic gold medal winner picks 5 to watch at the Olympic trials

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 21 June 2012

It's a totally different experience and atmosphere from the Olympic Stadium, but the Olympic trials are an even more important date because if you can't do it here you might not be going to the Games. Another unknown is the weather – you could get tropical heat or a thunderstorm. It makes it exciting, hard to get the qualifying standard and stressful. Good luck…

DWAIN CHAMBERS
100M
HOLLY BLEASDALE
POLE VAULT

Britain's Dwain Chambers

Britain's Holly Bleasdale

If he was in any kind of shape he would have qualified by now. If he finishes in the top two but doesn't hit the qualifying time, he will have to chase the time somewhere else – energy you don't want to waste when you should be preparing for London.

She had an outstanding indoor season. After making the sort of heights she was (4.87m), there is no reason why she shouldn't be around the medals in London. But she needs to find her form again, to give herself confidence as much as anything.

LAWRENCE OKOYE
DISCUS

CHRISTINE OHURUOGU
400M

Lawrence Okoye

Christine Ohuruogu

He's got everything but experience (less 400 metres than two years' real training) – and experience is one of the most important aspects of throwing. He's thrown 68.24 metres, the British record, and doing that at the Games will put him in medal contention. I just hope he doesn't live up to the saying, 'experience is what you get five minutes after you needed it'.

She has struggled in the last few years. It's just nice to see her – while not really at her best – coming into some sort of form. Christine must be struggling a bit for confidence, not so much from being beaten but from not running well.

ADAM GEMILI 100M

Adam Gemili

I’m really looking forward to seeing how he does. He has run 10.08sec so he is the fastest Brit this year and should be confident. Adam is also young so there’s not a lot of pressure on him. He’s favourite to win the 100m at the trials but he has to go out there and do it.

P.S. JENNY MEADOWS 800M

I'm sorry Jenny has had to pull out with an achilles injury. She can still be picked at the discretion of selectors. I hope they do that. I like Jenny. Good luck to her.

Christine Ohuruogu focused second Olympic gold

Ohuruogu focused on 'ultimate' goal of winning second consecutive Olympic gold

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UPDATED:

19:00 GMT, 23 May 2012

Christine Ohuruogu is determined not to let anything deflect her focus from the 'ultimate job' of delivering another Olympic 400 metres gold in London.

The 28-year-old has just returned from a training camp in Los Angeles, where she continued a low-key build up to the Games.

Since her Beijing triumph in 2008, Ohuruogu has suffered from injuries, and endured the bitter disappointment of disqualification from the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

Fully focused: Ohuruogu is going for her second Olympic gold

Fully focused: Ohuruogu is going for her second Olympic gold

However, in March the British sprinter delivered a timely reminder to her rivals with a stunning run to help Britain win the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championship.

American rival Sanya Richards-Ross, who was favourite to claim gold in Beijing four years ago but had to settle for bronze, feels Ohuruogu always 'shows up' when it matters most at the major championships.

'It is nice that other people are saying that kind of stuff about me, but I am just trying to make sure I get everything in place for the summer. My focus has never been off the ultimate job,' said Ohuruogu.

'I just focus on my job and what needs getting done, everything else in my book is just extra distractions.

'I don't really read too much into my run at the World Indoors.

'I just make sure what I have on my plate is very full and take on what I know I can manage.

'I am satisfied I did all I could while out in LA, so I am cool with that, but from now on, I will be staying quite local.

'There has been nothing to shout home about, but I am satisfied I am getting done what I need to.'

Ohuruogu was at Crystal Palace training alongside actresses from the Fast Girls film, which premieres at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square on June 7.

Happy memories: The Brit celebrates in Beijing in 2008

Happy memories: The Brit celebrates in Beijing in 2008

The British one-lap star was brought up in Newham, just a stone's throw away from the Olympic Park.

With hype only set to increase over the coming weeks as the Olympic torch works its way around the country and on to Stratford, Ohuruogu believes the real impact of the Games may not be felt until it is all over.

'The London Games will be special, but I don't want to be running on emotion,' said Ohuruogu, who returned the only athletics gold for Team GB in Beijing.

'I am quite hardened to that now, the excitement has gone and it is just work, nothing else.'

Ohuruogu added: 'For a lot of us, it will be just about trying to get through the Games, it won't be until afterwards when you realise the value and the importance of it.

'Everybody now is just focused on getting to the Games and performing as well as they can.'

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Chelsea must stay together after Champions League triumph – Frank Lampard

Don't break up the golden oldies! Lampard pleads for Chelsea to keep Drogba in squad

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UPDATED:

13:19 GMT, 20 May 2012

Frank Lampard insisted Champions League glory should not spell the end of an era at Chelsea after finally getting his hands on the biggest prize in club football.

Lampard and the rest of the Blues' so-called 'old guard' defied the critics once again with another epic backs-to-the-wall victory in the final against Bayern Munich.

The match was billed as a last hurrah for the likes of Lampard and match-winner Didier Drogba amid speculation of a mass clearout at Stamford Bridge.

Sealed with a kiss: Frank Lampard with fiancee Christine Bleakley after the game

Sealed with a kiss: Frank Lampard with fiancee Christine Bleakley after the game

But Lampard claimed there was no reason why last night should herald a break-up of the squad that have been together for most of the past decade.

'Teams are always changing, but why should we stop now' said Lampard, the first man to captain Chelsea to the Champions League. 'We want to carry on, move forwards.

'We've won the FA Cup and now the Champions League and the determination and spirit we have shown, it's been fantastic.'

Lampard's days at Chelsea looked numbered three months ago after a falling out with then manager Andre Villas-Boas, who appeared determined to phase out their older players.

Caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo's decision to embrace them paid off spectacularly as they delivered the greatest moment in the club's history.

Lampard said: 'The key players have been there a long time and we want to win, we are determined to win, in the dressing room we have a tough group.

'We struggled earlier in the season, confidence was low, but there is a real determination here, and when times are hard, we dig in.

'If you had asked me three months ago if we would win this competition, I would have laughed. But we have done.'

Spot on: Lampard held his nerve to score his penalty during the shootout

Spot on: Lampard held his nerve to score his penalty during the shootout

Lampard, part of the previous eight failed attempts to win the Champions League, added: 'It's the best footballing night of my life – the hour we spent on the pitch with the fans afterwards.

'I've been here 11 years and I've been waiting for this baby for a long time.

'I'm pleased we haven't won it before, because it feels even more special.

'That might sound stupid but, to wait so long and to do it the way we did with the season we've had, the spirit in the team – amazing.'

Lampard admitted he thought Chelsea's luck had run out when they fell behind but had no doubts they would win the penalty shootout.

'I admit when we were trailing 1-0 with about a minute left, I wasn't so sure,' said Lampard, part of the side beaten on penalties in Moscow in the 2008 final.

You beauty: Lampard kisses the European Cup in Munich

You beauty: Lampard kisses the European Cup in Munich

'Once it went to penalties, I thought there was no way we were going to lose. I thought, “We are going to win this”. It wasn't going to be a repeat of Moscow, we couldn't have stood that again.'

Drogba was the match-winner from the spot with what could be his final kick in a Chelsea shirt.

Lampard said: 'People talk about whether this is his last game for Chelsea, but he has been an absolute hero for this club.

'People talk about (Thierry) Henry, (Wayne) Rooney, the great strikers, but he is right up there.

'People that score in finals and in the big games, he is right up there.'

Some branded Chelsea lucky to have even reached the Champions League final this season, let alone won it.

'Maybe we've made our own luck,' Lampard said. 'There are other times when we deserved more than we've got.

'We dug in and we didn't play beautiful football but we played spirited football that no-one can undermine.'

He added: 'What more do you expect from this team this year'

Usain Bolt storms to victory in 9.82 in Jamaica

Looking good, Usain! Bolt storms to victory in 9.82 in his first race of the year

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UPDATED:

09:39 GMT, 6 May 2012

Usain Bolt ran 9.82 seconds in his first 100 metres of the year to win in front of a home crowd at the Jamaica International Invitational.

Bolt led home a Jamaican one-two-three in Kingston, with Michael Frater second in 10.00secs and Lerone Clarke third a further 0.03s adrift.

Victory: Bolt won in 9.82 on Saturday night in Jamaica

Victory: Bolt won in 9.82 on Saturday night in Jamaica

With Olympic trials next month, the win keeps Bolt on track to defend his 100m crown in London.

Among the British athletes competing, Christine Ohuruogu was nearly a second off the pace as she came third in the 400m.

Ohuruogu clocked a time of 50.93s in a race won by Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills in 49.99.

Larry Achike was second in the long jump, his leap of 16.26m just seven centimetres back on winner Leevan Sands of the Bahamas.

Happy days: Bolt thanks the crowd after his win in Jamaica

Happy days: Bolt thanks the crowd after his win in Jamaica

Tiffany Porter was third in the 100m hurdles, running 12.65 to finish 0.14 behind the winner, Brigitte Foster-Hylton or Jamaica.

She tweeted: 'Extremely poor execution of my race today here in Jamaica. With that said, I'll take my 12.65 & keep it moving. I still had a blast though!'

Andy Turner was fourth in a field of six in the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.50s.