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Anthony Fry appointed the new chairman of the Premier League

Fry gets top job at Premier League: Dairy Crest boss to replace Richards as chairman

Olympics vice-chairman who is a director at Tottenham.

Champions: Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League title on Monday against Aston Villa

Champions: Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League title on Monday against Aston Villa

Instead, the nominations committee have
chosen in Fry, who is also chairman of Dairy Crest and the Cala Group, a
person who has no formal connection with football.

Buck added: 'There were a number of outstanding candidates, any of whom would have made a fine Premier League chairman, but in Anthony Fry we have appointed an individual with the correct blend of experience, skills, attitude and demeanour to represent the best interests of the Premier League.

Moving on: Sir Dave Richards will step down in June

Moving on: Sir Dave Richards will step down in June

WHO IS HE

Fry is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee of the BBC Trust and has enjoyed a distinguished career. He has specialised in the media industry and has held numerous Chairmanships and Board positions across a range of business, public, charitable and academic bodies.

'Anthony's CV speaks for itself, but
we were particularly impressed by his aptitude for and understanding of
the role, as well as believing his style to be particularly well-suited
to developing effective working relationships with both the member clubs
and the executive of the Premier League.'

Fry himself said: 'The opportunity to
become chairman of the Premier League is one that appealed hugely to me
for obvious reasons.
'I have a deep-seated and long-held passion for sport and believe the
skills and attributes I have developed throughout all aspects of my
career will serve both the Premier League clubs and the executive
extremely well.

'The league is one of the country's
great success stories of recent times having overseen a period of rising
playing standards, substantial investment in infrastructure and
development, significant growth in attendances and viewing figures as
well as the marked commercial success that has benefited the English
game as a whole.'

Scottish football results – is it time to ditch them from the classifieds?

Forfar 4 East Fife 5… who cares I'd rather watch Britain's Got Talent, it's time to ditch the meaningless Scottish classified results (and bin the Welsh ones too!)

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:26 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 16 April 2013

The voice: James Alexander Gordon reads out the classified results on Sports Report every week

The voice: James Alexander Gordon reads out the classified results on Sports Report every week

And finally…

Bala Town 4 Afan Lido 0

At least that’s what I think the presenter reading the football results said on the radio about 5.05pm on Saturday evening.

To be honest I’d switched off a long time before he got to that riveting scoreline.

In
fact, as soon as he said ‘Wycombe 2 Aldershot 1’, the final fixture in
League Two on Saturday, football as we know it was over.

It
had nothing to do with the fact that Aldershot are the club I’ve
supported man and boy and that they are heading for the Conference. It
had everything to do with the fact that nobody gives a monkey’s about
results outside the 92 top clubs.

Have
you tried listening to the Scottish results lately No, neither have I.
It’s a complete waste of time. Celtic win everything now that Rangers
are competing in the Shetland Isles Division Four. No amount of whisky,
let alone Irn-Bru, could make you think having the full rundown of
results from north of the border – and Wales, come to think of it – is
worthwhile. Not even for the fabled Forfar 4 East Fife 5.

I’d
rather watch Britain’s Got Talent (can’t believe I’ve just written
that!) than see meaningless scoreline after meaningless scoreline pop up
on the videprinter. Or listen to the shipping forecast than hear them
on the wireless.

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Waste of time: Celtic win everything while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four

Waste of time: Celtic win everything (above) while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four (below)

Waste of time: Celtic win everything while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four

What we want is the football of the real world. In these days of Messi and Ronaldo and the Champions League we need to know about La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and, now that Becks is just a Channel hop away, Ligue 1.

It’s time for the Beeb and Sky to realise there’s a new viewer and/or listener out there. Gone are the days when we all gathered round the wireless at 5pm on Saturdays to listen to the familiar introductory music for Sports Report and then the distinctive tones of results readers, John Webster and James Alexander Gordon.

Empty seats: The stands are hardly packed for Hamilton Accies v Falkirk

Empty seats: The stands are hardly packed for Hamilton Accies v Falkirk

Anyone interested – there can’t be anyone, can there – in how East Stirling, bottom of the Irn-Bru Division Three, got on against Annan Athletic can easily phone or tweet of one the team’s half-dozen loyal supporters to find out.

And don’t give me the old line about
needing to give all the results because of football coupons. When was
the last time you saw someone filling in one

More interesting: Britain's Got Talent is a more worthy watch than seeing meaningless scores on the vidiprinter

More interesting: Britain's Got Talent is a more worthy watch than seeing meaningless scores on the vidiprinter

The move for Scottish independence is to be welcomed. Cut them adrift and let them have their own results programme and while we’re at it they can take the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League results with them.

They can then drone on about Cowdenbeath and Stenhousemuir to their Hearts’ content and leave us to soak up the results that really matter.

Results that matter: Now that Beckham is at Paris St Germain, we need to know the Ligue 1 scores

Results that matter: Now that Beckham is at Paris St Germain, we need to know the Ligue 1 scores

VIDEO The classic BBC Sports Report theme

Manchester United champions scarves already on sale outside Old Trafford

It's not wrapped up yet! 'Champions' scarves already on sale outside Old Trafford… but not many fans will want to display their 'friendship' merchandise

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

18:35 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:01 GMT, 9 April 2013

Fans heading to Monday night's Manchester derby are sure to take notice of some of the scarves on sale outside Old Trafford.

The merchandise traders have got in early by proudly selling United 'Champions 20 times' scarves – despite the Premier League title not yet being mathematically over.

With the slogan 'Are you watching
City' emblazoned across the top, they are likely to become collectors'
items should City's win spark a shock late run to the title.

Ahead of the game: A United scarf seller proudly displays a '20 times Champions' scarf

Ahead of the game: A United scarf seller proudly displays a '20 times Champions' scarf

While the '20 times' scarves are sure to be a popular purchase for the home supporters, another design on sale might not fly off the shelves.

Half-red, half-blue 'friendship' scarves were also on display, despite the rivalry between the two clubs.

But 'friendship' is sure to be the last thing on either side's mind as they battle for the title.

Friendship: Half-and-half scarves were also on sale despite the rivalry between the neighbouring clubs

Friendship: Half-and-half scarves were also on sale despite the rivalry between the neighbouring clubs

Scarves

Mixed messages: The United-City 'friendship' scarf (left) alongside a more partisan piece of merchandise

Mixed messages: The United-City 'friendship' scarf (left) alongside a more partisan piece of merchandise

Robin van Persie says Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup tie won"t be a "great game" because of tiredness

It won't be a thriller! Van Persie believes fatigue could affect blockbuster FA Cup tie

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

21:05 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 30 March 2013

Robin van Persie has warned fans not to expect an FA Cup classic between Manchester United and Chelsea on Monday.

With Chelsea still involved in the Europa League and UEFA frowning on fixtures between England's top clubs on Champions League designated days, the FA were left with little option other than to schedule the eagerly-anticipated quarter-final replay just two days after Premier League fixtures.

Even the potential for an evening kick-off was ruled out as Fulham are due to take on QPR in the Barclays Premier League at Craven Cottage.

Influence: Robin van Persie helped Manchester United to a 1-0 win at Sunderland

Influence: Robin van Persie helped Manchester United to a 1-0 win at Sunderland

Influence: Robin van Persie helped Manchester United to a 1-0 win at Sunderland

It means United will be in action 48 hours after today's win at Sunderland, with Chelsea having marginally less time to prepare following their defeat at Southampton.

It is the kind of scheduling that has England's European counterparts scratching their heads in bewilderment.

And Van Persie points out it is difficult for the players to reach a high level of performance twice in such a short period of time.

Dejection: Chelsea's top-four hopes suffered a blow on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by Southampton

Dejection: Chelsea's top-four hopes suffered a blow on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by Southampton

Sublime: Rickie Lambert's beautiful free-kick proved to be the winner at St Mary's

Sublime: Rickie Lambert's beautiful free-kick proved to be the winner at St Mary's

'It is not ideal,' he told MUTV.

'Normally on the second day your muscles are quite bad but now we have to play at this certain time.

'It is a shame but we can't do anything about it because there are Champions League games in midweek and Chelsea are still in the Europa League.

'We just have to deal with it.

'People have to realise they can't expect a great game of football because it is not possible.

'If it happens I am glad, but don't expect it because these games are just too close to each other.'

Back from the brink: Chelsea came from 2-0 behind in the original tie at Old Trafford to force a replay

Back from the brink: Chelsea came from 2-0 behind in the original tie at Old Trafford to force a replay

Van Persie was speaking after United's 1-0 win at Sunderland, which maintains their 15-point advantage over Manchester City with just eight games remaining.

City will be the opponents for Monday's victors at Stamford Bridge, with Van Persie eager to get his hands on a trophy he won with Arsenal but United have not lifted since 2004.

'It has been a while,' he said.

'It has been nine years since we last won it and we want to win the double.

'We made a big step today but we want to go for both. We have a chance to reach the semi-final against City.'

Spurs are competing with Fiorentina to sign Dutchman Jordy Clasie

Spurs eye Dutch talent Clasie but Fiorentina first to table offer

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

Tottenham will have to make their move soon if they want to sign Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie before Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who has been called the Dutch Xavi by some, has been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, but the Viola appear to have been the first to table on offer, according to the Metro.

Clasie has already played a handful of games in the national side, and could be a perfect fit next to Sandro in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

If a move to White Hart Lane was successful, it could mean the end of Scott Parker's career in North London, with a switch to Fulham, or even QPR if they stay up, on the cards.

Feyenoord's technical directior Martin Van Geel said: 'We do not need to sell him, nor do we
particularly want to, but we have to think of the player’s ambitions and
evaluate the offers from other clubs.

‘There is an offer from Fiorentina, but
we’ll only discuss it at the end of the season. Right now the players
must focus only on Feyenoord.’

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Bayern Munich lead the race to sign Luis Suarez – Liverpool striker"s agent is Pep Guardiola"s brother

Liverpool want to keep Bayern target Suarez… but the bad news is that his agent is Guardiola's BROTHER

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 25 March 2013

Bayern Munich are ready to play their trump card in a three-way battle to land Luis Suarez after it emerged that Pep Guardiola's brother is advising the Liverpool striker on his future.

Senior sources at Juventus confirmed their intention to join the bidding for 40million-rated Suarez, while Guardiola's old club Barcelona are also in the frame.

But Serie A leaders Juve have privately
admitted Bayern are in pole position, due to Guardiola's brother Pere
being Suarez's agent.

Race is on: Luis Suarez will be targeted by a number of top clubs this summer

Race is on: Luis Suarez will be targeted by a number of top clubs this summer

Star man: Suarez is currently on national duty with Uruguay ahead of their clash with Chile

Star man: Suarez is currently on national duty with Uruguay ahead of their clash with Chile

Former Barca boss Guardiola has been
promised substantial transfer backing, after agreeing two months ago to
replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, and has earmarked
Liverpool's prolific frontrunner as his main target.

Bayern's seemingly unassailable lead
at the top of the Bundesliga guarantees Champions' League football next
season, while Pere seems certain to nominate the Allianz Arena, should
Suarez seek his advice over choosing a new club in the summer.

Juventus have not given up on the
26-year-old Uruguayan, but there is an acceptance that they are up
against it, given the Guardiola family link and the amounts involved.

With prize money for a Champions'
League semi-final place estimated at 40million, senior figures at Juve
have calculated that they need to reach the last four, at least, to have
a realistic chance of financing a deal.

Bayern are standing in their way, in a
twist that should add extra spice to an eagerly-awaited quarter-final
showdown next month between the two biggest names in Italian and German
football.

Though Suarez has been installed as
Juve's priority target, coach Antonio Conte and director Beppe Marotta
have lined up Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez as an alternative, should
they lose out to Bayern or even Barca in the race for the top prize.

Liverpool still hope to hang on to
Suarez, but are mindful of his longing for Champions' League football
and wary of his agent's possible influence on what promises to be this
summer's most intriguing transfer battle.

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure Breddan Rodgers' star performer

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure Breddan Rodgers' star performer

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure this season's star performer for Rodgers

VIDEO: European Challenge Tour – cricket with golf clubs! Trick shot

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Cricket with golf clubs! European Challenge Tour trick shot…

PUBLISHED:

11:51 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:17 GMT, 4 March 2013

Inspired by Sachin Tendulkar's presence at the season-opening tournament in India, the stars of the Challenge Tour attempt to knock down the wicket from 22 yards away, with 6 attempts. And the results are quite spectacular…

Take a look at the latest 'Big Challenge' video below…

VIDEO Think you can hit a wicket from 22 yards using golf clubs

More Challenge Tour trick shots…

Click on the links below for more 'Big Challenge' videos.

Eight-iron… with a twist!'Olympic' obstacle course!Seve's backwards putt!

Stay tuned to MailOnline for Challenge Tour previews, results and more great videos.

Manchester United are to lose out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Robert Lewandowski

United left reeling as Bayern set to sign hot shot Lewandowski

By
Simon Peach, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

13:37 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 10 February 2013

Manchester United have been left reeling after Lothar Matthaus has said that Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of forward Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

Recent reports in the German media claimed the 24-year-old, whose contract expires next year, was set to become Pep Guardiola’s first recruit upon taking charge at the Allianz Arena in June, meaning United would miss out on the striker.

Despite Dortmund’s continual denials that they have agreed a deal to sell Lewandowski , the legendary midfielder appeared to add fuel to the speculation that he will leave, but stay in Germany.

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In demand: Robert Lewandowski has attracted interest from many top clubs

In demand: Robert Lewandowski has attracted interest from many top clubs

'I was on the road this week. I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided,' Matthaus told Sky Bundesliga.

'Lewandowski’s contract runs out in 2014 and Dortmund will only get a fee in 2013 – surely a high fee. I heard it was something between 20m-25m, otherwise he will go to Bayern for free next year.'

Detemrined: Up to now Dortmund have be insistent that he is staying

Detemrined: Up to now Dortmund have be insistent that he is staying

Matthaus then explained how the Poland international would serve as a better option in Guardiola’s attack than central striker Mario Gomez.

'I think he is a player that fits more into the system of Guardiola than Gomez,' he added.

'He showed Guardiola last week in Leverkusen how a forward is not only an attacker but also drops deeper.'

However, the striker showed his temperamental side after getting sent off for a wild tackle against Hamburg, appearing to have lost his head.

Neymar isn"t joining Man City insist Santos as glum Brazil star pictured making low-key departure from London

Santos dismiss Man City interest in Neymar as glum Brazilian makes low-key exit from London

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

21:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:43 GMT, 8 February 2013

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has rejected the idea of selling his prize asset Neymar to Manchester City.

Following reports appearing in Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo on Thursday that City will offer a blank cheque for the Brazilian superstar, Ribeiro has rubbished suggestions he may seek to cash in.

Neymar at Heathrow as the Brazilian team leave the UK

On his way: Neymar at Heathrow on Thursday to catch a flight to Brazil

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

While he admitted it was 'not a lack of funds' that would prevent a sale to Manchester City, Ribeiro insists there is no amount of money he would accept from the Premier League champions.

'I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no,' he said. 'Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer.'

Despite his disappointing performance for Brazil in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England on Wednesday, Neymar is widely considered one of the world's most prestigious talents and has a long list of suitors.

And with Roberto Mancini's men trailing Manchester United in the title race, the Italian is keen to learn from the lessons of last summer – when his side were pipped to the signings of Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez – by making an early move for the 21-year-old.

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Ribeiro, however, is adamant Neymar is going nowhere.

He added: 'I have a very clear base to why Neymar stayed here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid, in 2011], for one basic reason: he's happy.

'He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20 per cent in the last two years.'

Ribeiro even admitted he has taken inspiration from a former Santos president, who dug in to ensure Pele did not leave the club during his pomp.

He added: 'It's the repetition of the phenomenon experienced in the the Fifties and Sixties, when Pel attracted a legion of new fans, that went beyond the limits of the city.

'Repeating history is not very creative, but what Athi [Jorge Coury, former Santos president] did with Pel has inspired me.'

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Jack Butland up for grabs as cash-strapped Birmingham listen to offers for first-team stars

Butland up for grabs as cash-strapped Birmingham listen to offers for first-team stars

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

Highly-rated English goalkeeper Jack Butland could be set for a cut-price move to the Premier League as cash-strapped Birmingham look to balance the books.

The Championship club are in financial meltdown and are open to offers for any first-team players.

With the 2011 Carling Cup winners willing to offload their stars at the right price, Butland may finally be on his way to the top-flight with Liverpool, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton all reportedly showing an interest.

Target: Jack Butland is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Target: Jack Butland is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Thirteen-goal leading scorer Marlon King is the latest player to attract speculation but reports he has been told he can leave Birmingham on a free as they look to offload his services are wide of the mark.

City have received only one formal bid for any of their players since the January transfer window opened but they rejected Nottingham Forest's 300,000 offer for Chris Burke.

Other players heavily linked with a move away include Nikola Zigic, Curtis Davies and Nathan Redmond as Birmingham look to stave off the threat of administration.

Rejected: Birmingham turned down Nottingham Forest's bid for Chris Burke

Rejected: Birmingham turned down Nottingham Forest's bid for Chris Burke