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Graham Westley named Stevenage boss for third time

Look who's back! Westley returns to Stevenage for third spell as manager

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

10:24 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 30 March 2013

Graham Westley has made a shock return to Stevenage.

The 45-year-old, who led Boro into npower League One with back-to-back promotions, succeeds Gary Smith as manager after the former Colorado Rapids boss was relieved of his duties last week following a poor run of form.

Westley opted to leave Broadhall Way in January last year in an attempt to further his career at Preston, but his 13-month stay at Deepdale ended when he was sacked with North End sitting just five points above the relegation zone.

Back again Graham Westley could return to Stevenage for a third time

Back again Graham Westley could return to Stevenage for a third time

Stevenage, 10 points above the League One drop zone in 15th place, host bottom-placed Hartlepool on Monday looking for a first win in four outings.

Chairman Phil Wallace said: 'Graham was keen to come back to Stevenage and, although I met some strong candidates, without doubt I think he's the best man for the job right now. The club enjoyed a great deal of success before he left last year and we moved forwards significantly in his time here on several levels.

'Since he left we've continued that progress in people and infrastructure off the pitch. So we spent a lot of time this past week talking about things we feel we could do better this time round and we've put many of those into our contractual arrangement.

Over it: Chairman Phil Wallace has put his annoyance at the timing of Westley's exit aside

Over it: Chairman Phil Wallace has put his annoyance at the timing of Westley's exit aside

'There are a lot of myths about
Graham and the 9-5 one is the biggest. Yes, he demands a high work ethic
and commitment from his players but the extra hour or two some may do
is spent on personal development subjects. As long as a lad wants to
improve himself and win medals that's never been an issue at our club.

'I'm looking forward to some exciting
times again! This is the first time our season has ended in April for
four years and that's a measure of how far we've come and what we're
about.'

Tiger Woods relationship with Lindsey Vonn

Tiger's latest birdie! Woods and US ski star Vonn go public with blossoming romance

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:58 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 18 March 2013

Tiger Woods has revealed he is dating American skier Lindsey Vonn.

The golfer, who is closing in on Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings, announced the news on his website.

Vonn, who is an Olympic champion in alpine skiing, suffered a huge crash earlier this year, tearing ligaments in her knee.

Together: Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn have announced they are in a relationship

Together: Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn have announced they are in a relationship

Woods, 37, wrote: 'Something nice that's
happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn.

'Lindsey and I have
been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become
very close and are now dating.'

'We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want
to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and
continue to compete as athletes.'

'I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods,' Vonn, 28, said.

'Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy,'

Golfer Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn

Golfer Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn

Happy couple: Woods and Vonn both made announcements following rumours they were dating

'I don't plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends.'

The pair have been the subject of romance rumours for some time and last month Woods sent his private jet to fly Vonn home to Vail, Colorado after her crash.

They have also been spotted together in Vail and aboard Wood's yacht in Florida.

Woods, a winner of 14 golf majors, divorced from his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, in 2010 after a highly-publicised sex scandal in which he publicly admitted to infidelity.

Vonn announced her split from husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, in November 2011 before finalising the divorce earlier this year.

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

The ultimate ringer? College swimming team call on four-time Olympic champion

The ultimate ringer College swimming team call up four-time Olympic champion

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 November 2012

A college have sparked controversy by naming an Olympic champion in their team for their next swimming gala.

For Regis Jesuit High School team in America have included four-time champion Olympic Missy Franklin champion in their line-up.

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

The American teenager blitzed the world's best to claim gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100 m medley.

And Franklin also broke two world records at last summers' games.

Now the 17-year-old sensation has decided to make her comeback for her school team in Aurora, Colorado.

And the move has divided her team-mates and opponents, with some critics saying her presence
would be unfair on school friends and opponents, and others that not to
return would be disrespectful.

'The hardest part for me is I really have no gut feeling on this,” Franklin said earlier in the month.

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

'It’s so hard when I have so many people who are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair, saying: “Why would you do this to other girls” And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that.

'It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form.'

But the school’s athletic director, John Koslosky, said that Franklin, in her final year at Regis Jesuit before leaving for the university of California, has now decided to participate in some of the scheduled events.

'She’s doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school,' he told the Denver Post. 'And she wants to. They all want her there.'

Koslosky confirmed that, given her training schedule and other demands on her time, her appearances will be limited, and the school would try to minimise the disruption caused by interest in watching her compete.

'It will be limited,' he said. 'Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere … Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision.

'But she said she wanted to pass on turning pro and attend college, and she signed to do that, and she said she wants to swim with her teammates and her school. I think it’s great.'

Lance Armstrong rides at Power of Four mountain race despite ban

Banned 'drugs cheat' Armstrong back on the bike one day after being stripped of titles

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 25 August 2012

Banned Lance Armstrong put in a show of defiance as he climbed back on his bike just one day after his reputation was destroyed by a damning doping verdict.

The American, who was sensationally stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles on Friday and banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency, took part in the Power of Four mountain race in Snowmass Village in Colorado on Saturday.

The 40-year-old opted not to challenge the US Anti-Doping
Agency's charges against him, claiming to be 'finished with all this
nonsense' after a long-running battle against allegations of cheating.

Back in the saddle: Lance Armstrong prepares to take part in the Power of Four mountain race at the starting line in Snowmass Village, Colorado

Back in the saddle: Lance Armstrong prepares to take part in the Power of Four mountain race at the starting line in Snowmass Village, Colorado

The race was the first public appearance for Armstrong since the US Anti-Doping Association stripped him of his seven Tour de France championships and banned him for life

Armstrong was earlier backed by his ong-time friend Jim Ochowicz. who insisted he had earned every victory he has achieved over the course of his career despite his decision not to contest doping charges.

The USADA have stripped him of all his titles and imposed a lifetime ban, although that still has to be ratified by the sport's governing body, who could take the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Until then, though, questions remain over Armstrong's previously illustrious legacy, but Ochowicz, who has mentored Armstrong throughout his career and is the current manager of BMW Racing, is not buying in to that.

Taking part: Armstrong is banned but made an appearance in the mountain race

Defiance: The race was the first public appearance for Armstrong since the US Anti-Doping Association stripped him of his seven Tour de France championships and banned him for life

Good to talk: Armstrong prepares to take part in the race

All smiles: Despite the controversy, Arsmtrong appeared relaxed

All smiles: Despite the controversy, Arsmtrong appeared relaxed

'I think Lance did a lot for the sport. We're all grateful to him for what he's done. I think he's earned every victory he's had,” he said in a statement.

'It's a tough day for cycling but we're going to carry on from here. I'm a friend of Lance's. I support his decision to call it. He's done so much for our sport over the years.

'I'm sad about what's transpired but at the same time, I wish him luck with his family. I love them, I love him.'

Armstrong, who was charged along with
five associates in June, sought a temporary restraining order against
the agency's legal action but that was dismissed in a federal court in
Austin, Texas on Monday.

USADA
claim once that action failed Armstrong had until midnight on Thursday
to contest the evidence against him in an arbitrary hearing, and was
fully aware of the consequences of not doing so.

The statement revealed that over a
dozen witnesses, up to 10 of whom are believed to be former team-mates,
had agreed to testify against Armstrong.

It
also claimed the USADA received evidence Armstrong was doping in 1996,
prior to his battle with testicular cancer, which set his Tour triumphs
in the most heroic of contexts, and in 2009, after making his return to
the sport following his initial retirement.

Centre of attention: Armstrong is surrounded by fellow riders ahead of the race

Centre of attention: Armstrong is surrounded by fellow riders ahead of the race

Fabrice Muamba: Thierry Henry pays tribute

Henry's Muamba tribute: Former Arsenal team-mate splashes name across armband

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 26 March 2012

Thierry Henry paid tribute to his former Arsenal team-mate Fabrice Muamba with the stricken Bolton midfielder's name emblazoned across his captain's armband.

Henry scored his first two goals of the Major League Soccer season and set up another as the New York Red Bulls beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 in their first victory of the season.

Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer wore the armband after Bolton players acknowledged their team-mate's battle during their first match since Muamba's collapse.

Tribute: Henry sports the Muamba armband in action for the Red Bulls

Tribute: Henry sports the Muamba armband in action for the Red Bulls

A mosaic spelling out Muamba's name and shirt number was held up by fans ahead of the North West derby with Blackburn Rovers.

There was also a video display of his career was shown on the big screen and applause rang out from the moment the montage began and lasted through to the handshake.

Henry, 34, made the gesture just days after flying in from the US for a few hours to visit Muamba at the London Chest hospital in east London before heading straight back again.

Same old story: Henry bagged two as the new York side earned their first victory of the season

Same old story: Henry bagged two as the new York side earned their first victory of the season

Solidarity: Dax McCarty shows his support for Muamba

Solidarity: Dax McCarty shows his support for Muamba

Muamba remains in intensive care after suffering a heart attack during Bolton's FA Cup clash with Tottenham nine days ago.

And while his condition continues to improve, the England Under 21 midfielder still has a long battle ahead to regain full fitness.

Fans' favourite: With Muamba still in intensive care, the Bolton supporters unveil a mosaic in his honour

Fans' favourite: With Muamba still in intensive care, the Bolton supporters unveil a mosaic in his honour

Stevenage boss Gary Smith won"t duck Tottenham challenge

It's huge, but I won't duck this challenge, says Stevenage boss Smith ahead of Spurs clash

It is the technicolour variety of the FA Cup which endures and comes full circle with delicious regularity. Take Stevenage manager Gary Smith. On the face of it, he had an unremarkable playing career blighted by frequent injuries.

Delve a little deeper, though, and you discover he was an Aylesbury Duck – and everyone remembers them, the green-and-white-hoop-shirted Aylesbury United players on their knees waddling along to celebrate a goal and many an FA Cup upset.

And that wasn’t the end of it. The
non-League club were invited to send a flush of ducks on to the TV
sports show They Think It’s All Over for the round in which the
panellists are blindfolded and have to guess the sports personalities
by touch alone.

Big date: Stevenage boss Gary Smith is looking forward to taking on Spurs

Big date: Stevenage boss Gary Smith is looking forward to taking on Spurs

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‘I wanted to be at the front but I was right at the back when we went on, so I only got about two waddles on my knees,’ said Smith with the dry humour which has already won over a tight-knit Stevenage dressing room since he succeeded Graham Westley three weeks ago.

Smith led the Colorado Rapids to the MLS Cup in 2010, the franchise’s first major trophy, but has now returned for a tilt at management in this country. A perfect record of two wins from two games will be tested in the extreme tomorrow when the League One club take on Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham at their intimate Lamex Stadium.

Smith realises as much, having taken in Tottenham’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle at White Hart Lane last weekend with his assistant Mark Newson.

He said: ‘I kept nudging News, saying, “What are we going to do there, or there” The first 45 minutes of football were inspiring, a wonderful performance, as good as I’ve seen live for a long, long time. It will be different here on this pitch because it gives us our best chance of performing. It won’t affect Tottenham. Their players can perform anywhere.’

Another coincidence pops up with Newson, who was made Bournemouth captain when the Spurs boss was in charge at the beginning of his managerial career. And Redknapp’s genius with players was evident even then. Newson said: ‘Harry picked me out of the Conference at Maidstone so I’ll forever be grateful. He did a lot more on the training field then, but he already had the man management skills.

‘He knew how to work with players, how to make you feel like a million dollars. And not just certain individuals but as a team. In the year we got promotion, we went out there every game feeling that we couldn’t get beaten.’

That leaves Stevenage right back Ronnie Henry and one of the greatest Cup connections of all. The 28-year-old’s grandfather Ron was a regular member of the Tottenham side which won the Double in 1961.

Wembley wonders: Ron Henry is carried aloft by Spurs team-mates John White, Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay after winning the FA Cup in 1962. His grandson Ronnie (below) can only dream

Wembley wonders: Ron Henry is carried aloft by Spurs team-mates John White, Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay after winning the FA Cup in 1962. His grandson Ronnie (below) can only dream

Wembley wonders: Ron Henry is carried aloft by Spurs team-mates John White, Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay after winning the FA Cup in 1962. His grandson Ronnie (below) can only dream

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Ron was present in 2007 when Ronnie,
then Stevenage captain in their FA Trophy triumph, became the first man
to hold aloft a trophy at the new Wembley.

Sadly Ron is now unwell, but his grandson, a former Tottenham trainee, has seen the footage and knows all of the tales.

Henry said: ‘He wouldn’t let me not see him in action. He’s made me sit down and watch videos of him playing. He was a very good player. He was a left back, I’m a right back. A lot of people spoke very highly of him.

‘I was very aware of what he achieved from a very young age. Going to his house, seeing his trophies, his shirts, the medals he won. I’ve managed to win a couple of promotions at Stevenage and get a few medals to give back to him, to show him. He was very proud.’

Caleb Folan joins Birmingham City on trial

Former Hull forward Folan joins Birmingham on trial as Hughton hopes to tempt Rose

Birmingham are giving a trial to former Hull City striker Caleb Folan. The 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids earlier this month and has begun training at the Championship club.

Manager Chris Hughton said: 'He's available. He's not under contract anywhere. I can remember him a couple of seasons ago at Hull being a real handful. He's used to this division so we're going to have a good look at him.'

Hughton is also trying to sign Danny Rose on loan from Tottenham.

Hughton said: 'What I can tell you is he is a player we have enquired about but I think Tottenham are keen to keep him there.'

Trial basis: Folan will be hoping to impress Hughton during his stay with Blues

Trial basis: Folan will be hoping to impress Hughton during his stay with Blues

Lewis Hamilton: I made so many mistakes, but I have a clean slate now

Hamilton: I made so many mistakes, but I have a clean slate now

Lewis Hamilton admits he lost control of his life last year through the turmoil and emotional distress of a largely forgettable season.

'Last year I was battling with everyone,' said Hamilton. 'I didn't think anything was positive. I was all over the place.'

Hamilton, who became the youngest Formula One champion when he won the title in just his second season in 2008, found the need to purge the unhappy memories of last season before he begins testing McLaren's new car, which he hopes will prove to be competitive from the opening race of the 2012 championship in Australia next month.

More cheerful: Lewis Hamilton (left) SHares a joke with McClaren boss Martin Whitmarsh

More cheerful: Lewis Hamilton (left) SHares a joke with McClaren boss Martin Whitmarsh

'Last year I didn't have the pieces of the puzzle in place,' he said. 'I didn't know which part went where. There were times when I was in the car and supposed to make a certain call, and when I made that call I said the wrong things.

'There were times when I was juggling too many things; too many things I'd started were unfinished and too many questions remained unanswered. There was a lot of time when my mind was elsewhere – at times I know my focus was less than 90 per cent where it should have been.'

His private life was in emotional meltdown.

His relationship with American singer, Nicole Scherzinger, became so stressful through being conducted by long-distance flights or conversations online, that the couple opted to split in October.

Difficult year: Lewis Hamilton with Nicole Scherzinger

Difficult year: Lewis Hamilton with Nicole Scherzinger

'That had been a part of my life that had always been really positive,' said Hamilton.

Over the winter, as Hamilton trained in the mountains of Colorado, the couple found time to meet and talk through the issues that had caused them to break up.

Hamilton will not reveal if they have found a lasting solution, but he said: 'I feel I have corrected things that I've done wrong. I have a clean slate, with nothing hanging over me, nothing worrying me.'

His seventh season in Formula One could prove to be a watershed.

His contract with McLaren, negotiated by his father, Anthony, is in its final year.

Zoe Gillings: After launching my own company, it"s time to get down to business on the snow

After launching my own company, it's time to get down to business on the snow


Zoe Gillings is Britain’s No 1 snowsports athlete. The 26-year-old snowboarder from the Isle of Man has competed at the highest level of international snowboarding since she was 16 and has raced in two Winter Olympic Games.

She is the only British athlete to ever win a World Cup snowboard cross competition and be ranked world No 1. Zoe now has six World Cup podiums under her belt and is preparing for the next Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 and will be writing regular updates on her competition and training from all over the world for the next eight weeks.

Wow, so much has happened in the last 12 months I’m not quite sure where to start.

When I wrote my last update in April 2011 to say the future was uncertain was an understatement. My funding had been cancelled and I was about to set up a business venture to replace this loss.

I’m relieved to say it is all falling into place and my season has got off to a fantastic start. I’m producing some of the best qualification times of my life.

Action: Zoe Gillings took part in the Winter X Games

Action: Zoe Gillings took part in the Winter X Games

In my first four competitions I have secured four top 10 world class results and reached two finals. The next Winter Olympics might be two years away, but the work is already fully underway.

Just last Sunday I competed at the prestigious X Games event in Aspen, Colorado. It was the fourth time I had been invited to compete. It is a huge competition in America, all the biggest names in the World are there, like Shaun Whyte, Sean Palmer, Mark McMorris and Jenny Jones.

One thing is for sure the crowds are loud and raucous. No wonder, the races have some of the biggest features seen on the race calendar. There was a gap jump that was about 16 foot high and the final jump was a good 90 foot from take-off to landing.

There was a tribute to the Canadian freestyle icon Sarah Burke, who died following a training accident on a halfpipe in Utah. Accidents like these bring home the dangers of winter sports.

I didn't know Sarah personally, but I followed her career and I knew she was a great athlete who helped bring snow sports forward in leaps and bounds.

There are very big dangers involved in winter sport at the top levels. I have competed at two competitions where fellow competitors have lost their lives. It is what we love to do though so we accept the dangers and they get put to the back of our minds.

When it came to my event I qualified third and reached the final. Unfortunately my medal hopes ended after I fell while trying to fend off a passing manoeuvre from the Olympic gold medallist Maelle Ricker. That is always one of the hazards of the sport, but I still finished in sixth overall.

Leap of faith: Zoe in action at the Swiss World Cup

Leap of faith: Zoe in action at the Swiss World Cup

Consistent results are the key. It’s ironic that with all investment cancelled, I now have the best program I’ve had to date!

For the first time in five years I managed to do eight weeks pre-season training in Austria. People might find that surprising, but the severe delays and reduction in funding each year meant virtually no training on snow.

I also negotiated access to the world class Dutch national snowboard cross program. This meant I had access to a world class coach, assistant coach, physiotherapist, wax technician, team manager and two world class athletes to train with.

Over the last 10 years I have been able to access one or two of these services if I have been lucky. Now, with no external funding, I have access to all six.

Business has become my second passion and made all this possible. Nine months ago I launched a daily deals website on the Isle of Man to fund my program – IsleofDeals.com. Turning entrepreneur is certainly keeping my Olympic dream alive and soon I will be taking on my first full-time employee.

I’ve also been extremely fortunate to receive some new sponsorship from Neteller who learned about my funding predicament plus renewed support from Pokerstars and BMW.

I’m glad to say that the last 12 months have been absolutely awesome. It’s not been easy by any means, but I’ve loved every single minute of it and broadened by experiences in business as well as setting up my own world class snowboard program.

Right now, I’m currently in San Francisco having a few days off with my brother Jon, his wife Tyla and my nephew Zadin who live out here. I then head to Canada for the next two World Cup competitions. My aim is to build on this solid start and get on the podium.

Wish me luck!

Gary Smith named Stevenage manager

Stevenage name Smith and Guppy as management team to replace Westley

Stevenage have named Gary Smith as their new manager to replace Graham Westley who left to take over Preston earlier this month.

The npower League One club, who strengthened their play-off position with a 4-2 win over MK Dons on Tuesday night under the guidance of caretaker boss Mark Roberts, turned to former Colorado Rapids coach Smith to fill the position full time.

Smith is one of a few English managers to have won a league title abroad after he guided the Rapids to the MLS Cup in 2010 with the lowest budget in the league along with his former team-mate and No 2 Steve Guppy who will join him at Broadhall Way.

No 1: Gary Smith made his name as a coach in America and now looking to make his way in League One with Stevenage

No 1: Gary Smith made his name as a coach in America and now looking to make his way in League One with Stevenage

Familiar face: Steve Guppy, who played for Leicester and Celtic, will be Smith's No 2

Familiar face: Steve Guppy, who played for Leicester and Celtic, will be Smith's No 2

Smith coached at Wimbledon, Wycombe and Watford before joining the staff at Arsenal. In 2008 the Gunners arranged for him to join the Rapids, who are owned by the Barclays Premier League club's major shareholder Stan Kroenke.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said 'I understand this is a different approach but I believe it’s a fresh, exciting appointment in the Stevenage way.

'We want young management who are motivated to succeed. Gary is young but he has already won silverware at the highest level possible in the US and now wants the opportunity to make his mark on the English game.

'I’m sure the experience of winning a championship in the US has added to his all round skill set and will serve him well.

'He has the values we seek at Stevenage and we look to the future with excitement as we continue to build the Club off the pitch as well as on it.'