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Nicklas Bendtner banned and fined for drink driving

'The worst day of my life': Bendtner slapped with 100k fine and three-year ban for drink driving

European
Championships, Bendtner was fined 80,000 and banned for one
international match by UEFA for brandishing a pair of Paddy Power boxer
shorts after scoring for Denmark.

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Brian Laudrup set for Rangers return

He's back! Rangers legend Laudrup lined up for role at Ibrox after talks with Green

By
John Mcgarry

PUBLISHED:

01:19 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:41 GMT, 29 January 2013

Rangers legend Brian Laudrup is poised to return to the club in an ambassadorial capacity.

The Dane, who helped take Rangers to three league titles in the mid-1990s, arrived in Glasgow on Monday for talks on the proposed role with chief executive Charles Green.

And the former winger, who won 82 caps for his country, is prepared to give something back to the club after watching it endure the most tumultuous year in its history.

'Since Rangers went into these chaotic circumstances, I have said all along that, if I could help the club in any way, I would,' he told Rangers TV.

Hero: Laudrup is set to rejoin Rangers as a club ambassador

Hero: Laudrup is set to rejoin Rangers as a club ambassador

Legend: Laudrup in action for Rangers back in the day

Legend: Laudrup in action for Rangers back in the day

'I've been here today to speak to
Charles a little bit and we'll see if we can find a way for me to do
that. 'To be able to be an ambassador for Rangers Football Club would be
absolutely fantastic and we want to see if we can find a way to work
together.

'If the club
wants me to help – and it looks like it does – I would love to do it. I
have always said I had four tremendous years at Rangers.

'The
issue at the moment is to find a way in which I can help and it has
been fantastic to meet Charles. 'He is a fantastic man to speak to and
he has a great vision for this club. Now we just have to sit down at
some point and formalise things so that we can work together. That would
be great.'

Laudrup, 43, now spreads his time between working as a televsion pundit in Denmark and his academy. A 2.3million buy by Walter Smith from Fiorentina in 1994, he is regarded as one of the finest players to have worn a Rangers jersey.

Smith has also returned to the club recently in a non-executive director capacity.

In the meantime, the independent commission set up by the SPL to investigate alleged dual contracts at Rangers begins today.

Lord Nimmo Smith is joined by Nicholas Stewart and Charles Flint, both QCs, in considering whether the Ibrox club breached SPL rules through their operation of an Employee Benefit Trust scheme.

Talks: Laudrup flew in for discussions with Charles Green on Monday

Talks: Laudrup flew in for discussions with Charles Green on Monday

Four days have been set aside for the hearing, although it is not known when a verdict will be delivered. If Rangers are found guilty, then a stripping of SPL league titles won during the period in question is among the potential punishments that the commission could recommend.

Ibrox chief executive Green is boycotting the process but the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund have pledged to fund a legal defence should trophies be threatened.

'There were allegations about a number of alleged breaches of SPL rules over a number of years,' said SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster. 'Those allegations are complicated.

'The SPL board decided that the right way to deal with those allegations was to appoint an independent commission to establish whether in fact SPL rules were broken or not.

'And, if they were, what punishment is appropriate – if any. That process will continue. I am not going to make any predictions about timescales.'

Mikkel Kessler has Carl Froch in sights after Brian Magee win

Kessler has Froch in his sights after destroying Magee to win fifth world title

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 9 December 2012

Northern Irishman Brian Magee's first
defence of his WBA super-middleweight title ended in heartbreak after he
was stopped in the third round by a clinical Mikkel Kessler in Herning,
Denmark.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his
opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left
Magee visibly struggling and the Northern Irishman was given a standing
eight count after turning his back following another punch to the
stomach later in the round.

It was a matter of when, not if, the relentless Dane would stop the contest and Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

Following a rather uneventful opening round, Kessler brought the crowd to their feet with a straight right to the body midway through the second that sent Magee to his knees.

The 37-year-old managed to beat the count and valiantly looked to take the attack to Kessler, who focused all of his attack to the waist of Magee.

He was in pain towards the end of the round and took a knee after turning his back following another body shot.

Magee was saved by the bell, but the minute recovery in between rounds was clearly not enough and his resistance was ended when Kessler sent yet another straight right to the weakened area to bring a premature end to the night.

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Kessler's routine win has already set tongues wagging about a potential rematch with IBF champion Carl Froch, who has made no secret of his desire for another bout with the 33-year-old after being beaten by a close points decision when the two met in April 2010 in a pulsating encounter.

Froch was a guest pundit for Sky Sports 1 and admitted the fighters' promoters have already been in discussions about a return bout next year, possibly in the United Kingdom.

'I think (a rematch) is already step one completed because they've had a productive conversation and it's looking promising that the fight can definitely happen in the spring or early summer in 2013,' he said.

'They'll be talking now in the couple of days following that.

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

'The only sensible fight out there for the fans, for the television, for me and for Mikkel is the rematch.

'The first fight was a humdinger. Everybody loved it who watched it and to get the rematch everyone's going to get excited.'

The two are friends and Froch, who defeated veteran Magee in 2006, claimed he was the one to tell Kessler to focus his attack to the body.

'I said to him “if it's a quiet opening then have a look to his body”,' added the self-styled Cobra.

'Well done Mikkel, you took my advice well but if you come to the UK you'll be leaving that black belt with me.'

Mikkel Kessler has Carl Froch in his sights after third round KO of Brian Magee

Kessler has Froch in his sights after destroying Northern Irishman Magee

PUBLISHED:

00:34 GMT, 9 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:37 GMT, 9 December 2012

Northern Irishman Brian Magee's first
defence of his WBA super-middleweight title ended in heartbreak after he
was stopped in the third round by a clinical Mikkel Kessler in Herning,
Denmark.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his
opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left
Magee visibly struggling and the Northern Irishman was given a standing
eight count after turning his back following another punch to the
stomach later in the round.

Impressive: Champion Mikkel Kessler

Impressive: Champion Mikkel Kessler

It was a matter of when, not if, the relentless Dane would stop the contest and Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

Following a rather uneventful opening round, Kessler brought the crowd to their feet with a straight right to the body midway through the second that sent Magee to his knees.

The 37-year-old managed to beat the count and valiantly looked to take the attack to Kessler, who focused all of his attack to the waist of Magee.

He was in pain towards the end of the round and took a knee after turning his back following another body shot.

Magee was saved by the bell, but the minute recovery in between rounds was clearly not enough and his resistance was ended when Kessler sent yet another straight right to the weakened area to bring a premature end to the night.

Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 match report: Daniel Agger heads winner at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Southampton 0: Agger header has Reds looking up the table

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 1 December 2012

Defender Daniel Agger's first goal of the season ensured Liverpool returned to winning ways at home to Southampton but they made hard work of the victory.

The Denmark international powered home a header just before half-time, only his fifth in 133 Premier League appearances, after a host of chances had gone begging.

In doing so he helped the Reds to only their third home win of the season and back-to-back league wins at Anfield for the first time since September 2011.

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen (Henderson 69), Shelvey, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs not used: Jones, Sahin, Downing, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Wisdom.

Booked: Suarez.

Goal: Agger 43.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon (Rodriguez 78), Cork (Steven Davis 70), Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 44,525.

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But in truth it should have been far
more comfortable than it actually was, which is a familiar story where
Liverpool have been concerned recently.

They had 14 shots in a totally
one-sided first half although Southampton could easily have had a goal
of their own with Rickie Lambert's long-range shooting threatening to
catch out Jose Reina.

The Southampton striker sent an early
swerving effort just wide before, in added time, his 35-yard drive had
Reina scrambling back to turn ball around the post.

But those two chances book-ended what was a procession of missed opportunities for the dominant hosts.

The restoration of Lucas Leiva to the
side as defensive midfield linchpin after a three-month absence with a
thigh injury transformed the dynamic almost immediately.

With both Steven Gerrard and Joe
Allen freed to play higher up the pitch in a 4-1-4-1 formation most of
the action was concentrated in their final third.

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Jonjo Shelvey, also back in the side,
bobbled straight at goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, Glen Johnson flicked
Luis Suarez's pass across the face of goal, Steven Gerrard had a shot
charged down and then fired wide after a quickly-taken free-kick to
Suarez.

Gazzaniga denied both Shelvey and
Suarez, who made justifiable claims he had been pulled back by Jack
Cork, before the Uruguay international latched onto Reina's long kick
and beat the goalkeeper only for Maya Yoshida to clear the ball for a
corner.

When Shelvey smashed an angled shot
past the goalkeeper but back off the inside of the far post it appeared
luck was not on their side.

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

However, it took a double-dose of Uruguayan intervention to eventually help break the deadlock two minutes before the break.

Saints' South American summer signing
Gaston Ramirez flattened international team-mate Suarez on the edge of
the penalty area and although the Reds striker crashed his free-kick
onto the crossbar it rebounded to Johnson.

His cross into the penalty area was met by Agger who planted a header into the top corner from 10 yards.

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Southampton, having undertaken damage
limitation in the first half, came out positively after the break and
Liverpool struggled to reassert their dominance.

After the first-half deluge it took until midway through the second period to carve out a good opportunity.

Jose Enrique, marauding from
left-back having been restored to his preferred position, exchanged
passes with Suarez on the edge of the area but his toe-poke at goal was
deflected wide by Luke Shaw.

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

The Spaniard also saw his drilled half-volley from the left of the area batted away by Gazzaniga.
Such was Liverpool's desperation to score the second and give themselves
some breathing space Suarez tried to punch in Gerrard's cross.

It proved costly as his subsequent
booking ruled the side's leading scorer out of next Sunday's trip to
West Ham, who beat third-placed Chelsea earlier in the day.

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Suarez flashed a left-footed shot
just wide in added time but in the end Agger's goal proved just enough
to ensure they crept closer to the top four, which manager Brendan
Rodgers insists remains a possibility.

It will only do so, however, if they
first find more support for Suarez in the January transfer window and
start converting more of their chances.

England women drawn against France, Russia and Spain at Euros

England women drawn against France, Russia and Spain at Euro 2013

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UPDATED:

01:03 GMT, 10 November 2012

England will face France, Russia and Spain in the group stage of the 2013 European Women's Championship.

Hope Powell's side, who were beaten by Germany in the final in the 2009 tournament, learned their opponents in today's draw in Gothenburg.

England drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Paris last month and qualified unbeaten for next summer's Euros.

Going to the Euros: Hope Powell will lead England next year

Going to the Euros: Hope Powell will lead England next year

They will open their campaign against the Spanish on July 12, before meeting Russia three days later and then Les Bleus on July 18, with the matches taking place in Norrkoping and Linkoping.

In the other pools, hosts Sweden were drawn alongside Italy, Denmark and Finland in Group A, while five-time defending champions Germany take on Norway, Holland and Iceland in Group B.

Sweden will open the tournament against Scandinavian rivals Denmark on July 10.

Carl Froch could miss out on Mikkel Kessler rematch

Froch could miss out on Kessler rematch as Dane eyes showdown with Ward

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 3 November 2012

Carl Froch may have to put his hopes of avenging his defeat to Mikkel Kessler on hold after the WBA ordered champion Andre Ward to face the winner of the Dane’s clash with Brian Magee.

Ward, who has yet make a mandatory defence of his title, would have to face either man by June 8 next year, around the same time Froch hoped to face Kessler in a hotly-anticipated stadium showdown.

The Dane takes on Brit Magee in his homeland on December 8 and admitted the promise of a rematch with Ward adds an extra dimension to the fight.

Revenge: Carl Froch (left) lost a tight decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

Revenge: Carl Froch (left) lost a tight decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

‘I did not think it was possible to be more motivated to beat Magee and become world champion again on December 8, but now I have found a reason,’ he said.

‘Andre Ward knows that he owes me a rematch. That was not the real ‘Viking Warrior’ in the ring on that night. I was at my best against Froch and Allan Green, and I will be at my best against Magee. Now I just have to regain my title on December 8 and then we will have the rematch. Ward had better get ready’

Let's go again: Kessler (left) would relish a rematch with Andre Ward

Let's go again: Kessler (left) would relish a rematch with Andre Ward

Ward was well ahead on the scorecards when his first bout with Kessler, in the opening round of the Super Six tournament in 2009, was stopped after an accidental clash of heads in the penultimate round.

Ward meanwhile is expected to return to action against Kelly Pavlik in January, having stopped Chad Dawson in the 10th round of their clash in September.

Jack Wilshere can play in finals next year, says Stuart Pearce

I'm happy to play Wilshere in finals next summer, says Pearce

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UPDATED:

23:27 GMT, 18 October 2012

Stuart Pearce is willing to give Jack Wilshere his first experience of tournament football as he stressed the importance of taking a strong squad to Israel next summer.

The Arsenal midfielder was pencilled in to play for England's Under-21s at the last European Championships in Denmark 18 months ago but he was held back from Pearce's final squad after it was agreed he had played too much football in the 2010/11 campaign.

Injuries have halted Wilshere's progress since then but is now firmly on the road to resuming his career and there is little doubt he would be a welcome addition to Pearce's party in Israel, as he is young enough to play in the next finals as well as the 2015 edition.

The big stage: Jack Wilshere playing for England against Wales last year

The big stage: Jack Wilshere playing for England against Wales last year

While it is likely England head coach Roy Hodgson will draft Wilshere into the senior ranks at the next suitable moment, Pearce would be only to help with the youngster's education.

'Look at Tom Cleverley for example, who's had an Olympic experience and international tournament experience,' said Pearce.

'It's the same with Steven Caulker and one or two others; going to the major tournaments will stand them in great stead because as we stand at the moment we've still got a scenario with the likes of Jack Wilshere, because of his injury and whatever, he's not been to a major tournament with England yet.

'All of a sudden he's approaching his 20th birthday and I don't know when the next opportunity of a major tournament will be for him – next summer, the summer after

'The more tournament football these boys can get the more it prepares them for the senior team and it also gives us the opportunity to vie for a major trophy at under-21 level because if you don't get to these tournaments then you can't win them.'

To back up Pearce's point, it is worth looking at the example of Spain who won Euro 2011. There squad included David de Gea, Thiago Alcantara alongside World Cup winners Javi Martinez and Juan Mata. They would have also included Sergio Busquets, had he not been injured.

Looking forward: England U21 coach Stuart Pearce

Looking forward: England U21 coach Stuart Pearce

England, who secured their place at a fourth successive European Championship during the hugely controversial game in Serbia on Tuesday night, will not discover the identity of their opponents until the draw is made late next month.

UEFA, however, have plans to revamp this hugely successful biennial competition after the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic. It will revert to being played in an even year from then on, meaning it will clash with major senior tournaments. The 2016 tournament will be played during the same summer as the senior version in France.

'I think they are changing the format in a few years time and I think that's a real shame,' said Pearce.

'The tournaments I have been at have been fantastic. Whether they are looking for feedback from the federations I don't know.

'I have no idea why they are doing this. I don't think any of the federations are in favour of it.'

Christian Eriksen rules out Liverpool move

Ajax starlet Eriksen rules out Liverpool move as Rodgers looks for new Gerrard

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 10 October 2012

Liverpool are set for disappointment in the January transfer window after Christian Eriksen admitted a move to Merseyside is not on the cards.

The Reds have been lining up Ajax youngster Eriksen as a long-term sucessor to Steven Gerrard.

Great Dane: Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen is on Liverpool's radar

Great Dane: Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen is on Liverpool's radar

Manchester United and Zenit St Petersburg are also in a long list of admirers of the young Denmark international.

Eriksen said: 'It is great that such
big clubs are interested. It is very special for me but I am not
contemplating various transfer scenarios in any way at the moment.'

Last year's Dutch Football Talent of
the Year and Danish Footballer of the Year refused to rule out leaving
the Amsterdam club next summer.

He added: 'We don't really know right now. It all depends on how the season unfolds.'

Juan Mata: Chelsea can top last season

We've got players to top last season, insists Chelsea's Mata

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UPDATED:

22:55 GMT, 3 October 2012

Juan Mata has fired a stark warning to Chelsea's rivals, claiming they have the capacity to top last year's historic campaign.

Last season's Champions League win in Munich coupled with their FA Cup triumph leaves the Blues with a tough act to follow.

But Roberto Di Matteo's side have given themselves a healthy platform to go on and exceed last term's accomplishments, as they sit three points clear at the Premier League summit and top their Champions League group after Tuesday night's 4-0 win in against Nordsjaelland.

On target: Mata scored two goals in the win over Nordsjaelland on Tuesday

Brace yourself: Mata scored two goals in the win over Nordsjaelland on Tuesday

And Mata, who scored twice in Denmark, is convinced the Stamford Bridge club can improve on last season's achievements.

'Last season is different to this season, last year we won the Champions League and FA Cup, playing as we played,' he said.

'Now I think we can do better, playing even better with Oscar and Eden Hazard or whoever.

'I think we're playing like a mature team. Maybe in Denmark against Nordsjaelland it wasn't the best game but we won 4-0.'

Mata has played an integral role in the club's promising start – scoring four goals, including the winner in last weekend's win at Arsenal.

But the Spain international insists there is more to come, saying: 'Have I played better Yes, I think so.

At the double: Mata scores his second against the Danish side

At the double: Mata scores his second against the Danish side

'I played well against Stoke, then Wolves, then Arsenal and now in Denmark. I'm feeling very well but I want to feel better and improve as well.'

The 25-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract a week and a half ago, added: 'I'm so happy because they gave me more confidence.

'I love this club and I love to play for Chelsea.'So five more years here is great. It's a dream for me.'