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Matthew Stevens beats Neil Robertson in Kaikou Open semi-final

Stevens nicks final two frames to squeeze past Robertson into first final for five years

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

Matthew Stevens reached his first ranking final in five years after winning the last two frames to secure a 6-5 win over Neil Robertson in the Haikou Open in China.

The Carmarthen 35-year-old finished with breaks of 60 and 51 respectively to overhaul his Australian opponent and book his place in his first final since the 2008 Bahrain Championship.

The match was not without controversy after referee Eirian Williams incorrectly replaced the balls following a Stevens foul in frame four, with Robertson winning the frame and levelling at 2-2.

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Lance Armstrong "admits" to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

Armstrong 'admits' to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:42 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 15 January 2013

Lance Armstrong last night reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

The disgraced cyclist is said to have confessed in an interview with American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey which is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday.

Armstrong earlier visited the staff of his charity at the Texas offices to apologise for putting their work at risk.

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Several employees cried when he told them: ‘I’m sorry.’ He promised he would try to restore the foundation’s reputation – before meeting his legal team to prepare for the Oprah interview.

Armstrong reportedly spoke to a room
full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret
for everything the controversy has put them through.

He told them how much the foundation
means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like
members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged
Armstrong over his long denials of doping.

After the interview, Winfrey tweeted: 'Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!'

Winfrey and her crew planned on filming Monday's session at Armstrong's home. As a result, local and international news crews were camped near the cyclist's Spanish-style villa before dawn.

Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbour's yard and hopping a fence.

Australia beat Sri Lanka in Hobart after Peter Siddle cleared of ball tampering

Clinical Starc skittles Sri Lankan tail end on final day to seal first-Test win for Australia after Siddle ball-tampering row

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UPDATED:

10:41 GMT, 18 December 2012

Australia claimed six last-session wickets to finally end Sri Lanka’s stubborn resistance and seal victory in the first Test in Hobart after Peter Siddle was cleared of tampering with the ball.

Mitchell Starc polished off the tail to finish the innings with five wickets, building on Siddle’s earlier work, as the hosts clinched a 137-run win by bowling out their opponents for 225.

Sri Lanka had looked like rescuing an unlikely draw when they reached tea on 186 for four but, despite having to battle for almost 120 overs, the Australia attack completed the job just in time.

Gotcha: Peter Siddle, who had come under scrutiny for allegedly tampering with the ball, took the wicket of Thilan Samaraweera

Gotcha: Peter Siddle, who had come under scrutiny for allegedly tampering with the ball, took the wicket of Thilan Samaraweera

Storm: Siddle was cleared of tampering with the ball

Controversy: This picture was posted on social media site Twitter of Siddle handling the ball

Controversy: This picture (right) was posted on social media site Twitter of Siddle handling the ball

Starc finished with figures of five for 63 and Siddle with four for 50 to be named man of the match.

Pacer Siddle took nine wickets to help the hosts to victory in the series opener but also found himself at the centre of row after a picture of him apparently picking at the seam in Sri Lanka's first innings circulated on social media.

Despite complaints from Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayake, match officials found no evidence to charge the bowler.

Siddle struck once in each of the first two sessions of the day, claiming the wickets of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (63).

The second came immediately before the first of two rain breaks which substantially aided the cause of the tourists, who had long since given up any hope of reaching their target of 393.

As well as the weather, which accounted for the best part of an hour of the afternoon session, Sri Lanka had DRS on their side as technology came to the aid of Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera (49) after they were on the wrong end of lbw decisions from umpire Nigel Llong.

But Siddle removed Angelo Matthews and Samaraweera to renew the hosts’ hopes before Starc took centre stage.

Having injured his hamstring batting on day four, Australia captain Michael Clarke took the field from the outset, rooted to his place at first slip and no doubt hoping for an early breakthrough to give the home side much-needed momentum.

But there was little encouragement and it came as something of a surprise when Siddle tempted Jayawardene into an open-bladed prod outside off stump that travelled low to Clarke’s right at first slip and was duly pouched by the hamstrung captain.

Whack: Mitchell Starc bowls a bouncer at Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews

Whack: Mitchell Starc bowls a bouncer at Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews

Grounded: Mathews dropped to the floor after taking a cricket ball to the elbow from a Starc delivery

Grounded: Mathews dropped to the floor after taking a cricket ball to the elbow from a Starc delivery

Sangakkara survived a real scare 10 minutes before the break, successfully reviewing a Llong lbw decision that had seen him given out to a shooting Shane Watson delivery angled in from around the wicket. Replays showed the ball hit him outside the line of off stump.

And it was a similar story in the fourth over after lunch when Samaraweera earned a reprieve to another Llong lbw decision, this time off Siddle, which struck the batsman outside off.

Two overs later, DRS was called into action again, but this time there was no reprieve for Sangakkara, who was struck in line by a ball going on to hit middle stump.

The weather immediately took the players off for a break before Mathews and Samaraweera survived two tricky mini-sessions, punctuated by a second rain interruption.

Clarke turned to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to bowl the last over before tea, with Phillip Hughes putting on the pads and gloves behind the stumps.

The move may have smacked of a measure of desperation from the Australia captain, but it was far from the least threatening over of the day.

Dynamic duo: Siddle (right) and Starc (left) take the stumps after sealing victory in the first Test

Dynamic duo: Siddle (right) and Starc (left) take the stumps after sealing victory in the first Test

The final session proved key, though, as Siddle and Starc turned the match decisively in Australia’s favour.

Siddle had Matthews caught behind by Wade, back behind the stumps, for 19, before trapping Samaraweera lbw playing forward.

Starc gave his fellow paceman a helping hand by having Prasanna Jayawardene (21) caught at slip by Michael Hussey.

He then had Nuwan Kulasekara (nine) caught behind by Wade and four overs later bowled Rangana Herath (eight) off an inside edge.

That left the hosts needing one more wicket for victory and it duly arrived two overs later, Wade taking his fourth catch of the innings to dismiss Shaminda Eranga for six and hand Starc his fifth victim.

Nasser Hussain: We have to bring in DRS for all Test matches

Nasser Hussain: 'Enough is enough. We have to bring in DRS for all Test matches.'

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21:47 GMT, 16 December 2012

The time has now come for the ICC to stand up to the Indian cricket board and say: ‘Enough is enough. We are using the decision review system in all Test matches.’

This series has provided all the proof needed that the game is categorically better off using technology rather than relying totally on the men in the middle.

Controversy: England captain Alastair Cook was given out caught despite the ball traveling well wide of his bat

Controversy: England captain Alastair Cook was given out caught despite the ball traveling well wide of his bat

Surely the world game’s governing body can now go to India and say, ‘we have listened to your reservations and we respect them, but just look at what has happened in a marquee series when technology hasn’t been used. Big mistakes have been made on both sides and your players have misbehaved because of it’.

All the boards bar India now seem to want the system in place. Spectators want it and, judging by his reaction to a decision yesterday, India captain MS Dhoni wants it.

And sitting in the Indian dressing room is the man who invented DRS, their coach Duncan Fletcher. What more do they need

Nobody is saying the technology used is perfect. But the very professional people behind it are working towards making it as near perfect as it can be. And if it had been used in these four Tests, I reckon there might have been one or two errors made with important decisions. Instead, there have been 10 or 12.

I was asked by Sky to come up with the blatant umpiring errors in this series, and I quickly picked out 10 that really should have been spotted by the naked eye by elite umpires. I’m sure there have been other mistakes too.

10 UMPIRING HOWLERS THIS SERIES

Batsman / Bowler – What happened…

Test: Ahmedabad (1st Test)

Samit Patel / Ravi Ashwin – Should have been given out lbw on four

Mumbai (2nd)

Zaheer Khan / Graeme Swann – Given out caught at short leg — nowhere near it

Mumbai (2nd)

Pragyan Ojha / Monty Panesar – Obvious glove to leg slip — missed by Aleem Dar

Mumbai (2nd)

Gautam Gambhir / Graeme Swann – Out lbw after edging the ball into his pads

Kolkata (3rd)

Alastair Cook / Ravi Ashwin – Caught at short leg, not noticed by umpire

Kolkata (3rd)

Monty Panesar / Ravi Ashwin – lbw after nicking it

Nagpur (4th)

Alastair Cook / Ishant Sharma – lbw, despite being hit outside line of off

Nagpur (4th)

Cheteshwar Pujara / Graeme Swann – Given out at short leg off the forearm

Nagpur (4th)

Alastair Cook / Ravi Ashwin – Caught behind, but didn’t hit it

Nagpur (4th)

Jonathan Trott / Ravindra Jadeja – Hit in line with the stumps, survived the lbw shout

I am just not sure it is right when people say the elite panel get 90 per cent of their decisions right. It certainly hasn’t been that way in this series.

The four umpires used in these games seem to have become uncertain once they have had their safety net taken away from them. They have seen from technology that more decisions are out than was perceived in the past and, without it, they are not sure what to give and what to turn down.

The genie is out of the bottle. The modern generation can’t understand why technology isn’t being used. It’s time for India to see the error of their ways and accept the views of the vast majority. We have seen with our own eyes that it is the only way forward now.

Commanding: Despite his unfair dismissal, Alastair Cook's (pictured) England team remain on course for an historic series win

Commanding: Despite his unfair dismissal, Alastair Cook's (pictured) England team remain on course for an historic series win

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Santi Cazorla dive: We should use technology, says Gordon Taylor

Time for technology, says Players' Union chief Taylor after Cazorla dive

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 10 December 2012

Players' union boss Gordon Taylor has called for technology to be used in the fight against diving in the wake of the Santi Cazorla controversy.

Simulation has once again become a talking point after Arsenal playmaker Cazorla won a first-half penalty in Saturday's 2-0 victory over West Brom after going to ground following a challenge by Steven Reid.

Replays showed there had been no contact between the players and Baggies boss Steve Clarke condemned referee Mike Jones for missing what he viewed as a blatant dive.

Going down: Cazorla dived to gain Arsenal a penalty

Going down: Cazorla dived to gain Arsenal a penalty against West Brom

Gunners team-mate Mikel Arteta defended Cazorla, and while Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Taylor did not wish to comment on this specific case he believed the use of technology would help referees make the right calls.

'This has been a non-stop subject for a long time now – how we best deal with it given the pace of the game and the difficulties for referees and the assistant referees to judge,' Taylor told Sky Sports News.

'I think it's going to be inevitable that if technology comes in for goalline decisions and penalty decisions, then it will help in these situations.

Accusation: West Brom players make their feelings clear

Accusation: West Brom players make their feelings clear to ref Mike Jones

'Other sports move on and use technology and do all they can to be as successful as football, so we've got to keep at that cutting edge.

'I'm not saying change for change's sake but change if it makes the game better and there's more justice done.

'Also for a long time we've been talking about a panel of former players, referees, former managers, to look at such incidents with a view to recommending to the FA whether action should be taken if there is a player who blatantly looked to claim a free-kick or a penalty when there's no possibility of an offence being committed.'

In an interview given to the Daily Telegraph two months ago, Cazorla revealed that he views diving as 'not something that should be a big controversy'.

The Spaniard is set to be omitted from Arsenal's squad for Tuesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Bradford with manager Arsene Wenger expected to rely on his fringe players, but his actions have highlighted a problem that Taylor agrees must be addressed.

'I don't want to personalise it because he wouldn't be the first player accused of diving and he won't be the last, but it's an issue that we all need to address,' Taylor said.

'Management, coaching staff, players and supporters have all got to buy into this and condemn it.

'We must make sure the game is played according to the spirit of the game and the letter of the law.

'We've got to give the referee and his assistants every possible opportunity to get their decisions right because virtually every Sunday and Monday morning now we have decisions complained about.

'We must also look at matches reflectively and take later action, rather than just say “leave it how it was from the referee and we all move on”.'

Meanwhile, Baggies boss Clarke is taking steps to prevent his players demonstrating the same unsportsmanlike conduct as Cazorla.

Albion defender Liam Ridgewell was accusing of going to ground easily to earn a penalty in the 4-2 win against Sunderland a few weeks ago, as he fell down under minimal contact from Adam Johnson.

And The Baggies boss revealed that he has spoken to Ridgewell about the incident, saying: 'I’ve spoken to Liam on a number of occasions this season, yes.

'We spoke about a number of different incidents. He (Cazorla) is not one of my players and I don’t speak about players from other clubs.

'But if one of my players goes down with something similar to that, then we’ll talk about it.'

Sebastien Bassong racist abuse claims: Norwich report four incidents

Norwich report FOUR incidents of racist abuse towards defender Bassong

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 10 December 2012

Norwich have reported four separate incidents of actual or alleged racist abuse towards Sebastien Bassong to police.

Both South Wales Police and Norfolk Police are now investigating the claims.

A Swansea supporter was released on bail on Sunday after being arrested during Norwich's 4-3 victory the day before for allegedly making racist gestures towards Bassong.

Controversy: Sebastien Bassong (2nd left) speaks to referee Howard Webb

Controversy: Sebastien Bassong (2nd left) speaks to referee Howard Webb

It is believed the 23-year-old had
made gestures towards the player as Norwich celebrated their fourth goal
in the game and he was arrested soon after the incident.

Norwich have confirmed the other
three cases involved racist messages being sent to the defender on
Twitter after both the Swansea match and the 1-1 draw at Everton on
November 24.

The club's statement read: 'Norwich
City regrets to confirm four separate cases involving actual or alleged
racist abuse aimed at our defender Sebastien Bassong have been reported
to police in the last two weeks.'

The club also thanked both Swansea and the police for their treatment of the situation and also confirmed racist Tweets aimed at Bassong have also now been reported.

The statement continued: 'Following a complaint made by Sebastien to referee Howard Webb during last Saturday's 4-3 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, a man in the home section of the crowd was arrested and later charged in relation to alleged racist abuse.

Weighing in: Bassong was on target as Norwich won 4-3 at Swansea on Saturday

Weighing in: Bassong was on target as Norwich won 4-3 at Swansea on Saturday

'We would like to thank both Swansea City FC and South Wales Police for their swift and effective handling of this unfortunate incident.

'In the evening following the match a tweet containing racist abuse was sent to Sebastien's Twitter account. We have this morning passed details of this incident on to Norfolk Police for them to investigate.

'Meanwhile Norfolk Police are in the process of investigating two further separate racist tweets about Sebastien sent following our 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday, November 24.'

Norwich also praised the player and made their position towards any racist behaviour clear.

'Sebastien Bassong is a fantastic athlete and professional who we are proud to have on board at Norwich City.

'It is deeply disappointing that his recent excellent performances for the club should be tarnished by these incidents,' the statement continued.

Point made: Bassong celebrates his goal for the Canaries at the Liberty Stadium

Point made: Bassong celebrates his goal for the Canaries at the Liberty Stadium

'Norwich City Football Club wish to
reiterate that we have a zero tolerance stance on racism and will pursue
these and any other examples of discrimination aimed at any of our
colleagues to the fullest extent of the law.'

The
26-year-old Cameroon international moved to Carrow Road from Tottenham
in the summer and has been an integral part of the club's recent run of
good form.

He scored in
both games relating to the alleged racist abuse, grabbing a late
equaliser at Goodison and heading Norwich 2-0 in front at Swansea.

Norwich
boss Chris Hughton believes the speed at which Swansea officials dealt
with the fan making gestures towards Bassong should act as a warning to
any other people who may consider such actions in the future.

'Swansea City football club have
dealt with the incident very, very well and very swiftly and I think
that is a way forward,' he said.

'On any issues of this kind, and we
have seen some issues over the last few weeks, I think if they are
handled as quickly as the incident was on Saturday you hope it is a
bigger deterrent for anybody who wants to put themselves in that
position.'

Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley also praised the way all parties involved in Saturday's incident dealt with the matter.

'It
is a classic, textbook way in which a player who is being abused should
complain and how the referee, the officials the security, the police,
the club should respond,' he told Sky Sports News.

'We
want to encourage players to complain, to use the processes, to make
sure they work because those processes are there to provide protection
and stop people abusing others.'

It
is understood that Norwich used screen-grabs of two racist Tweets sent
to Bassong following the draw at Everton as proof they were sent from
accounts that had since been deleted.
Another message sent to the player after the victory at Swansea was also reported to Norfolk Police.

Manchester derby: Rio Ferdinand cut and City fans cheered… but United players taunted supporters

Barbaric City minority ruined this outstanding derby… but it was gratuitous and unnecessary to taunt the defeated fans

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18:34 GMT, 9 December 2012

The savage behaviour from a small section of the Manchester City support at the Etihad was a disappointing end to another outstanding derby.

The vast majority of City fans will have been sickened to witness the hurling of flares, bottles and coins at United's players, and fans, as they celebrated Robin van Persie's winning goal.

I was sitting about 30 yards away from Rio Ferdinand when he doubled over after being struck by a coin above his left eye.

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

The centre back, who was celebrating near the home fans, sustained a nasty-looking cut, which some City supporters sitting near me even cheered upon seeing the shot had drawn blood.

It didn't stop there. As Ferdinand was helped off the pitch, a young fan with a blue and white wooly hat and scarf slipped onto the field unnoticed.

For some reason he chased after the bewildered Ferdinand. Thankfully, the fan slipped as he neared the 34-year-old and was apprehended by City keeper Joe Hart before he could inflame the situation further.

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Shameful: City fans let off flares and aimed abuse, and objects, at the visiting United fans, who responded

Manchester City fans taunt the United fans

Manchester City fans taunt the United fans

United players Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young hardly acted to calm an already volatile situation when Van Persie's free-kick hit the back of the net deep into stoppage time

Rooney, who had scored two goals himself earlier in the game, sprinted past his own fans before sliding on his knees and hollering at City fans before the first missile had been thrown. He too complained to referee Martin Atkinson of being hit by a flying object.

Young acted with a similar lack of responsibility. As he jogged back to the United half he goaded the rival fans by raising his arms, bouncing around and shouting – rather than celebrating with his team-mate Patrice Evra.

Provocative: Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young celebrated in front of the City fans as United won the derby

Provocative: Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young celebrated in front of the City fans as United won the derby

Ashley Young

Both Young and Rooney had received more than their share of abuse from the City fans, but it was gratuitous and unnecessary to taunt the defeated fans.

Even after Ferdinand had been ushered off the pitch and play had resumed, a small number of City supporters continued to throw objects over the dividing line of police officers and stewards.

Not only was a blue, smoking flare thrown on the pitch, dozens of missiles were hurled into the away section from the East Stand.

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

At one point, a cylindrical missile – perhaps a bottle, perhaps an unlit flare – was launched towards the travelling fans' section.

It struck a previously oblivious, celebrating United fan flush in the face. He instantly clutched his head and bent over out of my line of sight.

The majority of United fans continued their celebrations, with a few on the fringes closest to their blue counterparts chanting at the City fans, and a couple even throwing objects back the other way.

Target: Rooney was abused as he prepared to take a United corner

Target: Rooney was abused as he prepared to take a United corner

It isn't often I've witnessed City lose at the Etihad Stadium in the past couple of years, but I've never seen anything like the barbarous behaviour shown by some of their supporters.

It doubtlessly hurt all City fans to see their immaculate home record come to an end at the hands of arch rivals United, but the ugly scenes after the winning goal shocked the watching world and marred what should have been another glowing endorsement for the Premier League.

David Beckham farewell ends with victory for LA Galaxy over Houston Dynamo

From cynicism to people's champion, Beckham heads back to Europe after his American adventure more acclaimed than ever

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00:23 GMT, 2 December 2012

What began amid cynicism and courted controversy and suspicion along the way, ended here in California tonight with a standing ovation. David Beckham’s American journey is over and he heads back to Europe as a winner.

It was six years ago that Beckham moved to Los Angeles at the age of 31 to play football. It seemed a peculiar thing to do for a man still with so many years ahead of him. The MLS was not a great league and LA Galaxy were a club – or a ‘franchise’ – in a bit of a mess.

But as Beckham took his leave a minute before the end of his team’s 3-1 win in the MLS Cup Final here today, few would contest his own view that America has been as good to him as, eventually, he has been to America.

Fond farewell: David Beckham has crowned his six year spell in the United States and the Los Angeles Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Fond farewell: David Beckham has crowned his six year spell in the United States and the Los Angeles Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Family man: Beckham lines up with his sons, Brooklyn (left), Romeo (middle) and Cruz before kick-off

Family man: Beckham lines up with his sons, Brooklyn (left), Romeo (middle) and Cruz before kick-off

Trailing by a goal at half-time, it looked for a while as though Beckham’s big day was about to collapse around his sparkling pink football foots. Galaxy had been the better team but had been hit by a sucker punch from Houston just before the interval.

In the second half, though, Beckham wrote his name all over this contest. He was the game’s best player and by full-time he had made many of the decisive contributions.

Beckham may not be able to run like he once could. It will be this, in all likelihood, that ultimately prevents him landing a contract at one of Europe’s bigger clubs as he looks to extend his remarkable career yet further in the coming weeks.

As a football technician, though, he remains almost unparalleled. Here today, some of his passing was reminiscent of his salad days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. Playing deep in the centre of midfield, the 37-year-old found the time and space to deliver telling passes with familiar regularity.

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Indeed the one 80-yard first-time pass he played with his right foot to Robbie Keane on the hour will not be bettered anywhere this weekend. It was classic Beckham.

With the Home Depot Center awash with Beckham t-shirts and banners – “Take us with you, Becks” read one popular shirt – this day was somewhat different to the difficult early ones when the former England captain’s commitment to his team was questioned by supporters and colleagues alike.

Ultimately, it was just a shame that he was denied a fitting finale.

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

With Galaxy awarded a penalty with seconds remaining, Beckham and team-mate Landon Donovan – the regular taker – seemed to agree that the Englishman would take it. He seemed set to end his career here with a goal.

Keane had other ideas, however, and the Irishman didn’t even look at his team-mate as he placed the ball and slotted it in to the net for the third goal.

As Keane celebrated, though, it was Beckham who was mobbed. Moments earlier he had sunk to his knees. His final mission had been accomplished.

As he left the field soon after, 30,000 people rose to applaud him. He merely waved to his three sons in the crowd and took his place on the bench.

Beckham’s visit to America is over and he ends it with another trophy. Has he been a success over here Try telling the Galaxy otherwise.

Roma fans arrested for attack on Tottenham fans in jail

Roma fans arrested for stabbing Spurs supporters remain in jail pending judge's ruling

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 25 November 2012

A judge has ordered two Roma fans arrested after an attack on Tottenham supporters at a Rome pub to remain in jail pending a decision on whether to formally charge them.

Police had said on Friday that the two were accused of attempted murder, causing injury and causing a fight before the English club's Europa League match against Lazio.

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

But attorney Lorenzo Contucci, who is representing one of the men – Francesco Ianari – said the stiffest charge the men faced at a preliminary hearing Sunday was aggravated injury.

He said an anticipated charge of attempted murder, with an aggravating element for the racial character of the attack, 'disappeared.'

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

During the brawl early Thursday, witnesses quoted by Italian news reports said the attackers shouted 'Jew' at the Tottenham fans. Tottenham has a large Jewish fan base from north London.

Roy Hodgson calls time on Rio Ferdinand and John Terry

Game over Terry and Ferdinand unlikely to return to England as Hodgson says he's 'moved on' from controversy

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 18 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has poured cold water over the prospect of Rio Ferdinand or John Terry returning to the international side.

The former West Brom and Liverpool manager has said he has no intention of calling up Ferdinand, despite England leaking four goals in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Hodgson is also refusing to ask John Terry to reconsider his decision to retire from international football.

Out in the cold: Rio Ferdinand (right) is unlikely to return to the international fray

Out in the cold: Rio Ferdinand (right) is unlikely to return to the international fray

He said: 'I’ve moved on from the Ferdinand and Terry debate and I think the team has moved on from it as well.

'We are now looking at other players that we can play at centre-half and we already have some pretty interesting alternatives.

'We’ve had Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott who have done well, Gary Cahill and Steven Caulker did well against Sweden and I am also looking for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to come through.

'That is what I have got to do, to make certain that amongst that group of players someone will come through and force his way into my attention.

'I have to find a couple of players who are good enough to do the job in the way that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand did when they were playing.'

Down and out: John Terry (left) is also unlikely to return after his retirement from England

Down and out: John Terry (left) is also unlikely to return after his retirement from England

Moving on: Roy Hodgson says he wants to focus on the next crop of players

Moving on: Roy Hodgson says he wants to focus on the next crop of players

Terry decided to quit international football after he was charged by the FA for racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, at Loftus Road last season.

The Chelsea captain was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year.

Ferdinand, meanwhile, was exiled by Hodgson when he selected Terry over the Manchester United centre back in his Euro 2012 squad.

Hodgson acknowledged the stellar work of the pair over the years for England, but hopes the newer recruits can step up and fill the void left by two vastly experienced centre backs.

'I have to hope that amongst that group of players – and maybe someone else will come on the scene and force his way in – I can find a couple of players who can do the job in the way John and Rio were when they were playing a few years ago.'