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Bradley Wiggins wins Sports Personality of the Year – Tour de France champion wants to display his BBC award in BOTH his local pubs

The best bar none… As Wiggins says he'll keep SPOTY trophy in pubs, BOTH landlords say they'd be thrilled to display Bradley's BBC gong

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 17 December 2012

Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is going to display his Sports Personality of the Year award on the bars of his local pubs.

The Tour de France winner has
promised to lend the prestigious trophy to his grandma, Mauren Cousins,
and then take it on a tour of two of the watering holes near his home in
Lancashire: the Farmers Arms in Heskin and then the Original Farmers
Arms in Eccleston.

Barry Newton, landlord of the
Original Farmers Arms, said: ‘It would be fantastic. It’s quite a large
thing and we’re only a small bar but we would definitely find somewhere
to put it.

‘We’ll see what
happens when he comes back. We would really appreciate it but it’s his
award – it’s up to Bradley to decide what to do with it.

‘A
lot of us were watching last night and we all jumped up when his name
was announced because there were so many good people who could have won
it this year. We had all been voting for him.’

Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London

Pub talk: Bradley Wiggins kisses the iconic trophy last night (left) and (right) thanks his nan in his speech

Over to you, Sue: Sue Barker (left) chats to Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London last night

Over to you, Sue: Sue Barker (left) chats to Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London last night

the Farmers Arms in Heskin

The Farmers Arms in Heskin will be the first pub that the Tour de France winner takes his award to

Nearly 500,000 people – a 30.25 per cent
share of the vote – chose Wiggins, 32, as the 2012 BBC Sports
Personality of the Year ahead of Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray last
night.

Wiggins said: ‘I am going to let my nan have it for a bit, because I've promised her, and then I have promised the local pub – the Farmers Arms in Eccleston – that they can have it for a bit.

‘They can put it on the bar, and then it's going to the Original Farmers Arms, because there are two, you see. Then I am going to take it home for a bit and maybe put it under the Christmas tree.

Ann Rothwell, landlady of the Farmers Arms, said the pub would be delighted to look after Wiggins’ award.

The Original Farmers Arms in Eccleston

'We had all been voting for him': Barry Newton, landlord of the Original Farmers Arms, said that Wiggo had a lot of support in the pub

She said: ‘It would be absolutely great. When’s he coming We were all watching last night and we would be proud to put the Sports Personality award on our bar.

‘He lives in-between the two pubs and he does bob in here now and again, but he’s an athlete, isn’t he He doesn’t frequent the pub that often.’

Suits you: Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins shows off the trophy that he'll leave at his two local pubs

Suits you: Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins shows off the trophy that he'll leave at his two local pubs

Sunderland monkey gesture fan: I was doing a chicken dance not being racist towards West Brom"s Romelu Lukaku

'I was doing a chicken dance!' Sunderland fan accused of monkey gesture protests his innocence

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Sunderland fan accused of making a racist monkey gesture at West Brom's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed he was ‘doing a chicken dance.’

Liam Jones, 21, was arrested after pictures appeared to show him directing the gesture at the Belgium striker after he scored at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.

Mr Jones, of Hendon, Sunderland, insists that – although he can understand concerns about photo – he was actually doing an impression of a chicken, not a monkey.

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Northumbria Police received a complaint after a supporter in the North Stand was spotted carrying out the alleged abuse when Lukaku scored his team’s third goal in a 4-2 win for West Brom.

Unemployed Mr Jones said: 'People have got it all wrong. I wasn’t doing a monkey chant. I was doing a chicken dance.

'I’m devastated people think I’m racist. I have black friends and black cousins.

'If I was racist, I wouldn’t pay to watch Sunderland because they have black players.'

Mr Jones confirmed that he has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Allegations: Liam Jones, who has been banned from the Stadium of Light, pictured in Sunderland this week

Sunderland AFC have banned him from matches until the outcome of any court case.

Mr Jones added: 'I’m absolutely gutted I can’t go to matches. I’ve been going for years. I can see where the club is coming from and I can see how the photo looks, but I want everyone to know that I am not racist.'

A spokesman for SAFC said: 'Sunderland AFC cannot comment whilst a police investigation is being conducted, the person involved, in line with our club policy, is banned from the Stadium of Light until the result of the investigation is known.'

Jones, an amateur martial arts fighter, acts as a corner man for his brother.

Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

St Louis Rams cheerleaders visit Abbey Road

Abbey days as NFL cheerleaders Come Together to visit famous Beatles landmark

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UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Anyone walking down the world-famous Abbey Road on Wednesday morning would have been left in no doubt that the NFL is back in town.

The glamorous St Louis Rams cheerleaders were spotted, like many a good tourist before them, walking in the footsteps of The Beatles across that iconic zebra crossing.

The Rams and the Patriots will go head to head at Wembley on Sunday in a regular-season game – the fifth time two American Football sides have crossed the Atlantic to do battle in London.

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

To celebrate their arrival on these
shores the Rams' cheerleaders were pictured aping the front cover of one
of the most celebrated albums of all time.

It was a fine way to Come Together
with their British cousins but were the girls heard exclaiming 'Here
Comes the Sun' In these grey October skies there's as much chance of
that as spotting an octopus in a garden.

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Meanwhile, the Rams' players were
spotted further north stepping up their preparations for the big game at
Arsenal's London Colney training base.

And they had one particularly
interested spectator overlooking their training in the form of Arsenal
and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Since 2007, nine teams have played in London since the first annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

And if the early signs are anything to go
by, London's NFL fans are guaranteed to enjoy a Fab Four quarters' worth
of rough and tumble, American style, on Sunday.

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City have played the best football

Mancini's take: Man City have played the best football in the league

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UPDATED:

20:59 GMT, 11 May 2012

They will come from far and wide to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to witness Manchester City’s coronation as Premier League champions.

All Roberto Mancini can do is hope his team do not fluff their lines.

Mancini’s own father Aldo will be present, fit again after a year of heart problems. So, too, will former City chief executive Garry Cook, invited back for the day six months after his sacking.

Best: Roberto Mancini says Manchester City have deserved to win the league

Best: Roberto Mancini says Manchester City have deserved to win the league

On the field, the equation is simple. A win for City will bring them the English championship for the first time in 44 years.

Mancini said yesterday: ‘The players know they have everything there for them. They have worked hard and they fight every game for one year in a championship that is very hard.

‘Now they have a big chance. Here, we haven’t won the title for (almost) 50 years and we are in a city where our cousins win every year. That is very difficult for our supporters. So I hope I can change this.’

Cook’s invitation reflects well on City, even if his presence is complicated a little by the fact that Nedum Onuoha will be playing for QPR. It was an email sent in error by Cook to Onuoha’s cancer-stricken mother last year that prompted his removal by City’s Arab owners.

So close: City's players are on the cusp of the title

So close: City's players are on the cusp of the title

Mancini also had his issues with Cook during their time together, but the chances are he will not even notice him. Certainly not if City win.

‘We have played for six months and played very well,’ said Mancini.

‘We played the best football in the Premier League. It’s impossible to play well every game for one year. Maybe after Sunday we still won’t have the title but we will have played the best football.’

That comment was in response to Sir Alex Ferguson’s suggestion that Mancini still had an ‘Italian mentality’.

Mancini, though, cares more about his own supporters. ‘They are very happy at this moment and they want us to win one more game,’ he said, laughing. ‘They tell me I am a fantastic manager, the best manager.’

John Terry picture on Indian cigarette packets

Terry fuming as Indian cigarette packets carry image of Chelsea and England star

John Terry is taking legal action over the apparent use of his picture on cigarette packets in India.

The image features the head and shoulders of a man who looks very much like Chelsea captain Terry and sits above a 'Smoking Kills' warning.

Warning: John Terry's image appears above a 'Smoking Kills' sign on the packet

Warning: John Terry's image appears above a 'Smoking Kills' sign on the packet

No smoke without fire: The image of John Terry is on a cigarette packet

Keith Cousins of Elite Management,
Terry's representatives, said: 'We have reviewed this
matter with our client and have instructed solicitors to take
appropriate action.'

The Indian government's directorate of visual publicity created the image but, according to the Indian Express, there is confusion over how it was used.

'We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared it and circulated it,' said director of visual publicity additional secretary KS Dhatwalia. 'But how Terry's picture got to be used is not clear.'

Battler: Terry helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday

Battler: Terry helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday

Terry played for Chelsea on Monday as they bounced back from defeat against Aston Villa with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Wolves.