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Manchester City ace Samir Nasri shows off his lavish lifestyle in Twitter pic

Giving fans food for thought: City gent Nasri enjoys night out at London restaurant

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

14:24 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 9 January 2013

He probably thought it was a bit of harmless fun.

Clearly enjoying the fruits of his
labour, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could not resist posting a
picture of him on a night out at a trendy London restaurant.

Picture this: Samir Nasri posted this picture of him enjoying a night out in London

Picture this: Samir Nasri posted this picture of him enjoying a night out in London

Dressed in ripped jeans, a casual T-shirt and slouched on a comfy chair, the 25-year-old Frenchman was clearly enjoying a night out with a female companion.

Nasri is currently on an enforced break after was sent off in controversial circumstances for squaring up with his head to Norwich’s Sebastien Bassong in the 4-3 win at Carrow Road in December.

City manager Roberto Mancini was angry at the decision at the time but said that the club had not decided whether to appeal the card and the three-match ban that will come with it.

However, the club finally decided to accept the charge and Nasri missed the game at home to Stoke, the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Watford and the game at Nasri's old club Arsenal on January 13.

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

The timing was a little unfortunate at it appeared amid criticism of the evils of football.

Reverend Bob Jones, 67, a minister at three methodist churches in Mansfield, spoke out about about the excess money in football and to question
the values of the modern game following Luis Suarez's controversial goal on Sunday.

Maybe next time Nasri should keep his photos for the family album

Waiting game: Nasri will miss the match with his former club Arsenal

Waiting game: Nasri will miss the match with his former club Arsenal

London 2012 Olympics: Katherine Grainger the people"s champion

The People's Champion: Three-time 'bridesmaid' Grainger is golden girl for the day

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22:20 GMT, 3 August 2012

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Katherine Grainger will open her eyes this morning and check. Yes. It is still there. She will gather her thoughts and look again. Yes. The right colour this time.

The People’s Medal, she called it, but The People will let her keep it. After what Grainger has endured in the name of sporting achievement, nobody would begrudge her if she slept with her latest Olympic medal each day for the rest of her life.

Some have a favourite teddy bear as a bedtime companion, Grainger has Olympic gold. And if, like a favourite toy, age dulls its newly minted shine, she will not part with it, or complain.

What a performance: Katherine Grainger (left) and Anna Watkins show off their gold medals

What a performance: Katherine Grainger (left) and Anna Watkins show off their gold medals

This reward was too long in the taking,
the precious surface of what came before washed clean with too many
tears, to quibble now.

Silver. And then silver. And then even more silver. And, finally, gold.
There are many at these Games who would be delighted with the prize
Grainger has collected in three past Olympics. But not her.

‘If it had not happened, I’d still be a happy, secure, normal-ish
person,’ she said, sitting next to partner Anne Watkins and sounding a
little uncertain. ‘But unfulfilled In a word, yes. We’ve been the best
in the world for a while now, so at the very least we would have known
we had underperformed. After three silvers, it became all about the
gold.’

Silver lining: Grainger finally won gold after silver in Sydney (above), Athens (below) and Beijing (bottom)

Silver lining: Grainger finally won gold after silver in Sydney (above), Athens (below) and Beijing (bottom)

Silver lining: Grainger finally won gold after silver in Sydney (above), Athens (below) and Beijing (bottom)

Katherine Grainger

Best loser is the tag the harshest critics afford silver and if Grainger
had earned it again, the emptiness would have been close to unbearable.

‘In sport you always want to achieve more,’ she explained. ‘So the first
silver in Sydney was great, but the third…’ She did not need to paint
pictures.

Few can forget the sight of Grainger in Beijing, sobbing uncontrollably on the podium, so near and yet an ocean away.

We've done it: Anna Watkins (left) and Katherine Grainger celebrate their emphatic win in the double sculls

We've done it: Anna Watkins (left) and Katherine Grainger celebrate their emphatic win in the double sculls

‘I’m always the bridesmaid,’ she wailed, copious tears falling as the
national anthem of China played. There are few more popular individuals
in the Great Britain team than Grainger (few more popular in Great
Britain, now that her winning personality has been showcased so widely
in the post-race interviews). Her anguish hurt us all.

Now it is over. There were no tears on Friday as Grainger and partner
Watkins – whose contribution is often underplayed with the nation
focused on the feelgood narrative around Grainger – came home in
emphatic first place in the woman’s double sculls final at Eton Dorney.
Some cry for joy, but not Grainger. She smiled. Smiled and smiled.
Beamed the way a young woman might on her wedding day, until the muscles
in her cheeks ached.

Her grin looked as if it might break free of the contours of her face,
even much later as she sat with a Union flag still draped around her
shoulders.

Hands up who won: Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins celebrate their gold medal

‘A bride at last!’ she announced. Having talked about a medal for the
people, she was asked where she would like most to show it off.
‘Everywhere,’ she replied. ‘I’m prepared to go round and round the
country until people are sick of me and my gold medal. Kids to
grandparents, everyone deserves to have a go at it.’

All Olympic gold medallists are happy, but this was different for we knew how desolate was Grainger’s parallel universe.

Had she been beaten here, she would have been beyond reach and, pushing 40 in Rio de Janeiro, so would her most coveted prize.

Go girls: The crowd roared as Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins powered towards the gold medal

Go girls: The crowd roared as Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins powered towards the gold medal

So this was her day. This, as competitors are fond of saying, was her
time. And it was faster than Australia’s time. This, in what was very
much a two-horse race, was all that mattered.

Grainger and Watkins won and, like so many British gold medallists in
London, did so in style. Team GB have more than a little in common with
Tiger Woods, who has not triumphed in a major tournament unless at least
tied for the lead on the last day.

Not for the home team the late charge, or victory from nowhere.

They like to be the front runners, they want to be in charge. From
Bradley Wiggins to the rowers, canoeists and even shooter Peter Wilson,
Team GB are best when they set the pace and challenge others to keep up.

Riding the wave: Katherine Grainger (right) and Anna Watkins salute the supporters

Riding the wave: Katherine Grainger (right) and Anna Watkins salute the supporters

What about Watkins

All the cameras have been on Grainger but who’s the woman rowing with her

Anna Watkins, 29, was born in Staffordshire, as Anna Rose Bebington. She went to Westwood College and Cambridge University.

And Mr Watkins

She’s married to Oliver. The pair met at university, where the 34-year-old was studying for a PhD in engineering. He is now an engineer for McLaren Racing.

Has she been rowing for a while then

Watkins didn’t take up the sport until she was 19, while at Newnham College, Cambridge.

How good was she

Two years after starting, Watkins competed in the Under 23 World Championships, winning gold with the coxless four.

When did she start rowing with Grainger

They only paired up in the sculls in 2010.

All this talk of Cambridge, sounds like she’s pretty smart

Alongside all her other commitments, Watkins is studying for a PhD in mathematics at the University of Reading.

Grainger and Watkins’s lead over Australian pair Kim Crow and Brooke
Pratley grew at every milestone: 0.7 seconds a quarter of the way in,
1.4 seconds at halfway, 2.6 seconds at the three-quarter mark, 2.7
seconds crossing the line.

Watkins (who has her own reality show-style back story, having fought
back from glandular fever, an illness that is bad news for all people,
but a debilitating nightmare for top athletes) was asked when she knew
they had won the race.

‘Just before the halfway mark,’ she answered, with sunny honesty. ‘We
were a boat length up and the gap was increasing. We actually had time
to enjoy it, to take it all in, which you don’t usually get winning a
gold medal.’

This pair have not lost in 23 races and no gold medal was more widely expected; but do not let that undermine the achievement.

This is still a brutal, physical examination of strength and stamina.
Having completed the race, while conducting interviews Polish rower
Magdelena Fularczyk collapsed and had to receive medical attention.

She was pushed to the podium in a wheelchair. And her pair came third.
Considering this, imagine how much exertion is required to come first.
What Grainger and Watkins did was not actually easy; they are just so
good that they made it look that way.

And so, having never won a gold Olympic medal, Great Britain’s women
rowers now have two (four, actually, as both were pairs wins). Medals
are all, in their own way, special. Yet one imagines the disc now in the
possession of Katherine Grainger feels the most special of all.

The people’s medal It’s a nice thought, but let’s be realistic: Grainger’s gold is hers, all hers.

Great Britain's Anna Watkins (R) and Katherine Grainger

Royal Ascot 2012: Fallen For You wins Coronation Stakes

Fallen For You runs Coronation cracker as Gosden enjoys one-two at Royal Ascot

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 22 June 2012

Fallen For You led home stable companion Starscope to give John Gosden a one-two in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

William Buick brought the 12-1 shot through with a swooping challenge in the straight to run out a three-and-a-quarter-length winner.

Starscope filled the runner-up spot, with Irish History rounding off the top three.

Winner: William Buick rides Fallen For You to victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Winner: William Buick rides Fallen For You to victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Fallen For You made a winning reappearance on the all-weather at Kempton before finishing down the field in a Lingfield Group Three.

With 1,000 Guineas heroine Homecoming Queen (9-4 favourite) setting a strong pace, Buick was keen to bide his time. It proved a wise move as the pacesetters soon faltered.

The trailblazing tactics that were so effective for Homecoming Queen at Newmarket did not pay off in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and she once again faded quickly.

Irish Guineas winner Samitar fared best of the two Mick Channon-trained runners in fourth.

Gosden said: 'I always thought she was our best filly last year but I gave the wrong instructions in the Fillies' Mile.

'She was second in the May Hill and ran a bit green so I said be up there because the ground was riding fast and that was riding her back to front.

Done it: William Buick celebrates after winning on Fallen For You

Done it: William Buick celebrates after winning on Fallen For You

'Then she had a holiday and came back and I think she still had that in her mind as she was always too keen.

'Ryan (Moore) won on her at Kempton but it wasn't where we wanted to be.

'We then ran her behind a lovely older filly of Henry Cecil's (Chachamaidee), who was second in the Windsor Forest. She got in trouble but she learnt a lot.

'She trained beautifully, worked well last Sunday morning, and we were ready for a big run.

'They went hard up front, there's a strong headwind and she was just sat there. She is classy, this is not a fluke.'

Buick said: 'The fast pace suited her. Things have conspired against her in the past but today everything went perfect.

'She finished off really well and won
easily. Like John said, this is not a fluke. The turn of foot was
impressive against the best of her generation.'

Start the party: William Buick and Fallen For You are led in after winning the Coronation Stakes

Start the party: William Buick and Fallen For You are led in after winning the Coronation Stakes

Chris Richardson, managing director for Starscope's owners, Cheveley Park Stud, said: 'We're thrilled she's bounced back to her best. We drew a line under her Newbury run as she got upset in the parade.

'What she wants is a strong-run mile as I don't think she stays further. We'll see where John goes with his other fillies as she's ground dependent.'

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said of third-placed Art History: 'We're obviously delighted she's Group One-placed.

'She was a bit unlucky last time at Sandown and she's bred in the blue so it's great.'

Mick Channon said of Samitar and the sixth-placed Laugh Out Loud: 'We've no excuses. I'm pleased enough with Samitar but she was beaten fair and square.

'She's got lot of options and is in the Falmouth. Laugh Out Loud has been on the go a while and will have a break.

Homecoming Queen beat only two home, and her rider Joseph O'Brien said: 'She just didn't fire.'l

Ronnie Wallwork jailed for selling stolen car parts

Former Manchester United prodigy Wallwork jailed for selling stolen sports car parts

Jailed: Ronnie Wallwork arrives at court

Jailed: Ronnie Wallwork arrives at court

He once lined up with David Beckham and Paul Scholes, and Sir Alex Ferguson described him as ‘marvellous’.

But Ronnie Wallwork’s harrowing descent from life as a top-flight footballer hit a new low as he was jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court.

Wallwork, who was stabbed during an altercation in a nightclub while on loan at Barnsley, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to selling on parts from stolen high-performance sports cars and was sentenced on Monday.

Police stumbled on the illegal vehicle-breaking operation of Wallwork, 34, while investigating a string of unconnected armed robberies across Lancashire.

It emerged he had sold parts of a Volkswagen Touran and BMW 318i on eBay and was observed driving a Mazda Furano. Together the cars were worth 43,000.

Controversy had been a constant companion during Wallwork’s playing career but this latest twist reflects how far he has fallen in the nine years since his days as a team-mate of Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane.

Once banned from football for life after grabbing a referee by the neck while on loan at Royal Antwerp, Wallwork was touted as someone who could follow Beckham & Co from Old Trafford’s academy to the England side.

RONNIE WALLWORK Ronnie Wallwork

Good times: Ronnie Wallwork lifted the Premier League trophy with United

A player who operated in midfield or defence — he starred in United’s FA Youth Cup-winning side of 1995 — Wallwork made his debut for the first team in a 7-0 drubbing of Barnsley in October 1997, having impressed at that summer’s Under 20 World Cup in Malaysia.

His career at Old Trafford, though, failed to take off, despite him playing enough in the 2000-01 campaign to win a champions’ medal.

He left United in 2002 after 77 games and joined West Bromwich Albion. Ferguson said: ‘Ronnie was a marvellous player but he was unfortunate that he never had a set position.’

He struggled for fitness and it was only when linking up with Bryan Robson — first on loan at Bradford, then back at the Hawthorns — that he showed glimpses of that early potential.

Robson named him as one of the two key signings in the Albion team that performed ‘The Great Escape’ — the only time a side avoided relegation after being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

Career: Wallwork (left) in action for Huddersfield in 2007

Career: Wallwork (left) in action for Huddersfield in 2007

But his career spiralled out of control. In November 2006, he was stabbed seven times in the hand, back and stomach with a fish knife after an argument with a former boyfriend of his girlfriend.

The injuries he received were life-threatening and he never really recovered his playing career. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 and his last game came that April. It emerged in court he has since lost a huge amount of money after two businesses he set up failed.

Rachel Woods, defending Wallwork, said: ‘He had clearly succumbed to temptation in a stage of his life when his finances had taken a dramatic turn for the worse.’

Judge Simon Newell said: ‘You are a man who had employment, who had a stable upbringing and knew well how to behave in public and you let yourself down.’