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Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans

Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans over corruption charges


14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012



14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Eddie Ahern can expect to be warned off if found guilty after being charged following the BHA's latest corruption investigation.

Former professional footballer Neil
Clement, James Clutterbuck, the son of Newmarket trainer, Ken
Clutterbuck, and former jockeys' agent and in-running punter Martin
Raymond are among five other people also facing charges.

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Ahern, who has ridden 1,020 winners in Britain since 1998, was forced to abandon plans to ride in India this winter after the Bangalore Turf Club contacted the BHA as a prelude to processing his licence application, and was alerted he was likely to be charged with a serious offence.

Clement made 300 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, including four seasons in the Premiership, but was forced to retire in January 2010 due to a knee injury.

Ashley Cole could be sold by Chelsea in January to PSG

Chelsea could offload Cole in January as PSG plot 23m swoop on contract rebel



09:24 GMT, 16 October 2012

Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to see off competition from both Manchester clubs and Real Madrid by offering Ashley Cole a 150,000-a-week three-year deal.

The super-rich French club hope to tempt the 31-year-old after Sportsmail revealed the England defender is ready to walk out at the end of the season after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

In demand: Ashley Cole could leave on a free at the end of the season

In demand: Ashley Cole could leave on a free at the end of the season

Chelsea could offload Cole when the transfer window re-opens in January if his understudy Ryan Bertrand, called up to the England squad for this week's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, continues his remarkable rise.

Cole is a victim of Chelsea's new policy for players over the age of

If Cole, 31, and Frank Lampard, 34, who is
also out of contract next summer, quit Stamford Bridge, it will be
confirmation that Roman Abramovich is breaking up his Champions
League-winning team.

Russian told the players they were directly responsible for the sacking
of Andre Villas-Boas last March and warned them their futures were on
the line before they went on to win the FA Cup and European Cup.

United front: Wayne Ronney and Ashley Cole could be club team-mates next season

United front: Wayne Ronney and Ashley Cole could be club team-mates next season

their success, Abramovich's threat appears to be real after the club's
failure to match the expectations of Cole and Lampard, during talks.

PSG are confident they have the ambition and resources to win Cole's signature. The defender was called 'the best left-back in the world' by manager Carlo Ancelotti earlier this month when asked about the club's interest in his former player.

PSG have a strong English connection on the backroom staff, where Ancelotti has recruited former Stamford Bridge employees Paul Clement, Claude Makelele and Nick Broad.

Big fan: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cole is 'best in the world'

Big fan: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cole is 'best left back in the world'

French Open 2012: Roger Federer beats David Goffin

Federer sees off 'lucky loser' Goffin in four sets to reach quarter finals



16:38 GMT, 3 June 2012

Roger Federer will know David Goffin for more than simply being his idol after the Belgian lucky loser gave him a real battle in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, the first lucky loser to reach this stage of a grand slam for 17 years, looked capable of causing a huge upset for nearly two sets before eventually going down 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4.

Federer has now dropped sets in three successive matches and was again below his best, but he was good enough to extend his record of consecutive slam quarter-finals reached to 32.

Celebration: Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his win

Celebration: Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his win

When Goffin, who admitted after
winning his previous match that he had had pictures of Federer on his
bedroom wall as a child, was beating Josh Goodall in Belgium's Davis Cup
victory over Great Britain in April, he looked a promising talent for
the future.

That future came rather quicker than
anyone imagined – including, presumably, Goffin, who lost in the final
round of qualifying to Joao Sousa before being given a reprieve when
Gael Monfils pulled out injured.

From there he has blossomed, beating
Radek Stepanek, Arnaud Clement and Lukas Kubot in his first main draw
appearance at a slam, and for a good while here it looked like he could
do the unthinkable and defeat Federer.

Idol: David Goffin (right) looks up to Federer

Idol: David Goffin (right) looks up to Federer

Goffin showed no nerves on the biggest stage of his career and was clearly the better player in the first set.

It looked like the 21-year-old might
have blown his chance when he missed three chances to break in the sixth
game, but he took his chance spectacularly with Federer serving to stay
in the set.

Twice the 30-year-old held on but a third opportunity came and Goffin nailed a forehand winner down the line.

The baby-faced Belgian continued to
play at an extremely high level in the second set, and when Federer
slumped to 15-30 at 4-5, Goffin was two points from a two-set lead.

Hard work: Federer did not have it all his own way

Hard work: Federer did not have it all his own way

For the first time the occasion seemed
to get the better of him as he dumped a mid-court backhand into the
net, and Federer made him pay by breaking in the very next game.

The third seed dug himself a hole with
three errors to go from set point to break point but a superb serve got
him out of trouble and he duly levelled the match.

Federer and his camp could breathe a
little easier, and from there the 16-time grand slam champion was never
really troubled, although he made heavy weather of the fourth set in

That is to take nothing away from
Goffin, who thoroughly entertained the Court Suzanne Lenglen crowd,
bowing to all corners after winning one rally late in the final set and
then joining Federer for an on-court interview.

SIX NATIONS 2012: Tom Croft delighted with England

Croft delighted to finally rediscover form in England's stunning Paris triumph



06:57 GMT, 12 March 2012

Tom Croft described his titanic performance in England's 24-22 victory over France as his best at international level since his starring role for the 2009 British and Irish Lions.

The Leicester flanker scored the decisive try in the closing stages to cap the kind of commanding all-round display he has been striving for with England for three years.

Croft dominated the lineout – winning England clean ball and disrupting the French set-piece – and he was everywhere in another character-filled defensive effort.

Back on form: Tom Croft scores England's crucial try against France

Back on form: Tom Croft scores England's crucial try against France

'Potentially this was my best game since the Lions,' Croft said.

'It was probably one of the most enjoyable I've had in an England shirt.

'It's about bringing back that form I had with the Lions but also about going past it and bringing different aspects to my game.'

England surged into a healthy 14-3 lead with tries from Manu Tuilagi and Ben Foden but, with 10 minutes remaining, Les Bleus had closed to within two points at 17-15.

Stuart Lancaster's men had to respond and they did so through Croft, who accelerated between Aurelien Rougerie and Imanol Harinordoquy before rounding full-back Clement Poitrenaud.

Foden was screaming for the ball on the outside but Croft backed his pace.

Party time: Croft (right) celebrates after England's dramatic victory

Party time: Croft (right) celebrates after England's dramatic victory

When I went through I was thinking “maybe I should pass it”. If I had been tackled it would have been a complete disaster,' Croft said.

'But then I just thought I'd give it a go. The backs score enough tries. The forwards deserve a couple every now and then.

'It was probably the best try of my England career – the others came from close range against Samoa and Scotland. It was nice to open the legs and have a gallop in.

'It has come off the back of a huge team performance up to that point. We got the ball, we pulled them wide, and we had a go.'

Off and running: Manu Tuilagi scored England's opening try in Paris

Off and running: Manu Tuilagi scored England's opening try in Paris

Tuilagi scored the first with a thundering run into the corner after a big tackle in midfield from Chris Ashton had forced the ball loose.

No 8 Ben Morgan then beat two defenders on a rampaging run before fending off Harinordoquy and slipping a deft offload to Foden, who dragged Vincent Clerc with him over the line for England's second try.

'We've spoken about how this team can attack and we keep showing glimpses of it. It's coming together and three tries today is backing up what we've been talking about the last six weeks,' Croft said.

'They [the coaches] give us free rein. Our attacking shape is fairly simple and it's about playing what you see.'

France v Ireland: Clement Poitrenaud and Julien Bonnaire called up

France bring Poitrenaud and Bonnaire into side for rearranged Ireland clash

France team to play Ireland

C Poitrenaud (Toulouse);
V Clerc (Toulouse), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), W Fofana (Clermont
Auvergne), J Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne); F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M
Parra (Clermont Auvergne); J-B Poux (Toulouse), D Szarzewski (Stade
Francais), N Mas (Perpignan), P Pape (Stade Francais), Y Maestri
(Toulouse), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), J Bonnaire (Clermont
Auvergne), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements: W Servat (Toulouse), V
Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), L Nallet (Racing Metro), L Picamoles
(Toulouse), J Dupuy (Stade Francais), L Beauxis (Toulouse), M Mermoz

France have made two changes to the side
that beat Scotland last time out for their rearranged RBS 6 Nations
game with Ireland on Sunday.

Les Bleus coach Philippe Saint-Andre announced on Monday Clement Poitrenaud had been called up to replace Maxime Medard for the game at the Stade de France after the full-back was ruled out with a knee injury picked up in the 23-17 win over Scotland.

Recalled: France forward Julien Bonnaire (right) will play on the flank

Recalled: France forward Julien Bonnaire (right) will play on the flank

The other change sees flanker Julien
Bonnaire replace No 8 Louis Picamoles. The move will see Imanol
Harinordoquy shift from the flank to fill in at No 8.

The match in Paris had originally been scheduled for February 11 but was postponed just before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.

Cover: Full-back Clement Poitrenaud (centre) replaces Maxime Medard

Cover: Full-back Clement Poitrenaud (centre) replaces Maxime Medard

QPR bid for Chris Samba but no Tottenham offer, says Steve Kean

Spurs yet to bid for Samba as Kean reveals Rovers snub for QPR offer

Only QPR have so far bid for wantaway Blackburn defender Chris Samba, Rovers manager Steve Kean has revealed.

Unsettled: Blackburn defender Chris Samba

Unsettled: Blackburn defender Chris Samba

Blackburn have rejected two offers from Rangers for the centre-back but have not yet received inquiries from either Tottenham or Paris St Germain, who have both been linked with Samba.

The 27-year-old this week handed in a transfer request but he is under contract at Ewood Park until 2015 and the club reiterated their stance that he is not for sale.

Kean told Sky Sports News: 'The
statement reads for itself. We want to keep Chris. Obviously we know
there's bids out there for him but it's a mark of what we're trying to
do that we've refused the bids and that's where we are.

'We've only had two bids from one club.
There's not been any other clubs in contact. Chris is under contract and
we've been in dialogue with Chris yesterday.

'We want him to stay at the
club and that's what we'll be fighting to do.'

Samba missed last weekend's win over Fulham, which helped Blackburn climb out of the Premier League relegation zone, with illness but should be back in training on Thursday and could feature in Saturday's trip to Everton.

Rovers could return with a higher bid
for Fulham striker Andrew Johnson, and Kean added: 'We respect Fulham
and we don't want to disclose what level that's at. That's one name but
there's another four or five names we're actively trying to pursue.'

Interest: Rovers boss Steve Kean remains keen on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson

Interest: Rovers boss Steve Kean remains keen on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson

There is expected to be one new face at Blackburn this week, though, with Kean close to naming his new assistant manager following the departure of Paul Clement, who joined Paris St Germain earlier this month.

'We had good talks last week with a number of very good candidates and we're very confident we can announce something tomorrow,' Kean said.

Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen asks All Blacks for help in bid to save career

Blackburn defender Nelsen asks All Blacks rugby team for help in bid to save career

Blackburn's New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen has turned to the All Blacks medical team in a bid to salvage his career.

Nelsen, 34, has played only once
since having a knee operation nine months ago, and was given permission
to fly home this week and have his injury assessed by the rugby

Concern: Ryan Nelson has been troubled by a knee problem

Concern: Ryan Nelson has been troubled by a knee problem

Asked if there are fears that his club captain may struggle to play at the top level again, Blackburn boss Steve Kean said: 'I think that's always a concern.

'It seemed to be going in the right direction but he's played in behind-closed-doors games and felt some discomfort.

'The type of injury he's had is more common in rugby so he's gone out to see the All Black surgeons and their rehab team to see if they can give him a different format.

'If he has to have surgery again that would be tough bearing in mind he's only played one game in nine months.'

Key man: Blackburn want to keep Chris Samba

Key man: Blackburn want to keep Chris Samba

Kean confirmed that his No.2 Paul Clement has left Ewood Park to take up a similar role alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, and admitted that losing his assistant for the second time this season will cause further disruption following John Jensen's departure in September.

'There will be compensation and we're trying to resolve that at the moment,' said Kean.

'It's never nice, it's disrupting. But we'll move on and I've been given full scope to bring somebody in as early as next week.'

The Blackburn manager also expressed
hope that big defender Chris Samba and winger Junior Hoilett will stay
to help in the club's relegation battle despite interest in both players
from Tottenham and Queen's Park Rangers.

QPR are believed to have tabled a 5million offer for Samba who signed
a new deal less than a year ago tying him to Blackburn until 2015.

'I would really like to keep Chris,' said Kean. 'We've got our own
valuation on because he's that important to us. Any club that wants to
buy, it's up to them to bid.'

Hoilett's two-year contract runs out in the summer, and although Kean criticised the club's old hierarchy for not securing him on a longer deal, he is still hopeful the 21-year-old will sign a new one.

If not, Blackburn may hold out for compensation for the former trainee at the end of the season rather than be panicked into selling Hoilett in this transfer window.

'When the contract was signed 18 months ago it should certainly have been longer,' said Kean.

'We've been trying to tie Junior down and he's not committed yet but we don't think that's dead and buried. There was a meeting with his father last week.

'It depends what the offer is for Junior. We know what type of compensation has been there before when Daniel Sturridge saw out his contract and went from Man City to Chelsea, and you have to weigh that up.'

Blackburn boss Steve Kean loses assistant

Beleaguered Blackburn boss Kean loses another assistant as Clement heads to PSG

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has lost his second assistant in four months, as he continues his battle to keep his own job.

Paul Clement has moved to Paris St Germain in a three-year deal, where he will join forces again with Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian who he worked with at Chelsea.

Under pressure: Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Under pressure: Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Kean said: 'He has left the club and I
believe he is just about to take up a very exciting position for him
personally across the channel.

'It is a blow because he was very
popular with the players but it is no slight on our club and it is an
opportunity for someone else.

'We will be bringing in someone else as early as next week.'

Clement had only been in the job four months, since replacing the sacked John Jensen in September.

Protests: Blackburn fans are angry with the current situation

Protests: Blackburn fans are angry with the current situation

The financial outlook at Rovers remains
dire, and Kean's men are still bottom of the Premier League despite
picking up four points from recent trips to Liverpool and Manchester

It has been reported that title hopefuls Tottenham are to
launch a 15million double swoop for wantaway Blackburn pair Christopher
Samba and Junior Hoilett.

Fans continue to openly vent their frustrations with both Kean and the club's owners Venkys.

Six Nations: Westley Fofana and Yoann Maestri in France squad

Fofana and Maestri named in French squad for Six Nations

Westley Fofana and Yoann Maestri were named in France's provisional squad for the Six Nations on Thursday.

Clermont Auvergne centre Fofana and Toulouse lock Maestri are rewarded for their outstanding club form, while Philippe Saint-Andre has also recalled several players deemed surplus to requirements by his predecessor Marc Lievremont.

In the squad: Toulouse lock Yoann Maestri

In the squad: Toulouse lock Yoann Maestri

Among them are the Toulouse trio of Clement Poitrenaud, Lionel Beauxis and Yannick Nyanga. Fly-half Beauxis last played for Les Bleus in 2009, while flanker Nyanga has not featured since the 2007 World Cup.

However, there is no place for centre Mathieu Bastareaud or scrum-half Julien Dupuy.

'Yannick Nyanga has been outstanding for Toulouse since the start of the season,' Saint-Andre said. 'We want to have a look at Fofana, he has physical attributes of the very highest level.'

Ringing the changes: Philippe Saint-Andre

Ringing the changes: Philippe Saint-Andre

Saint-Andre was in the crowd two weeks ago when the 26-year-old Beauxis kicked 28 points – including three drop goals – in a win against Montpellier. He felt it was impossible to leave Beauxis out given his recent performances.

'He's scored 55 points in the last two games,' Saint-Andre said. 'He did everything a great flyhalf can do in that game against Montpellier, dummies, surging runs… he's a player who played in the (2007) World Cup and is still very young. He's coming back after a few injuries.'

Former Sale, Gloucester and Toulon coach Saint-Andre has retained 22 of the squad that reached the World Cup final in October and the exceptional Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir, the IRB World Player of the Year, will retain the captaincy.

The squad will be put through their paces during a three-day training camp later this month ahead of their tournament opener against Italy in Paris on Saturday, February 4.

Provisional 30-man squad for the Six Nations:

France: Forwards: Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Fabien Barcella, Luc Ducalcon, Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Dimitri Szarzewski, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Romain Millo-Chluski, Julien Pierre, Julien Bonnaire, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Backs: Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, Francois Trinh-Duc, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Mermoz, Aurelien Rougerie, Yann David, Wesley Fofana, Maxime Medard, Vincent Clerc, Alexis Palisson, Julien Malzieu, Clement Poitrenaud.