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Beach volleyball initiative launched by Zara Dampney

Give it a go! Team GB star Dampney gets behind new beach volleyball initiative

Olympics, the British public are being given the chance to try it for themselves.

The sport was one of the highlights of the Games as crowds flocked to the Horse Guards Parade last summer.

And Team GB star Zara Dampney is hoping a new initiative can encourage more people to take the fast-paced, action-packed discipline.

Zara Dampney

Zara Dampney

Best of British: Zoe Dampney was part of Team GB and the beach volleyball squad at London 2012

The Go Spike Big Weekend, which runs from May 25-27, offers the chance to take part in beach, indoor, outdoor and sitting volleyball at various venues across England.

'I’m incredibly excited about the Go Spike Big Weekend and think it will be a fantastic showcase of everything volleyball has to offer,' Dampney said. 'Everyone from kids to retired people should experience the enjoyment and the health benefits of volleyball.

'People don’t realise just how accessible volleyball is – there are facilities for all versions of the sport right across the country, and I hope that once people give it a go they will join up and make volleyball a regular part of their lives and enjoy it just as much as I do.'

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

For further information on the Go Spike Big Weekend and details of events across England visit www.gospike.net

Danny Cipriani hit by a bus, taken to hospital

'I feel like I've been hit by a bus!' Cipriani released from hospital after being hit by a bus on Leeds pub crawl

Cipriani rushed to hospital after being hit by a double-decker bus in Leeds

Sale Sharks fly-half was in fancy dress on 'Otley Run' pub crawl

Agent claims Cipriani 'mis-judged speed bus was travelling at'

Impact of collision smashed front window of bus

Stayed overnight in hospital after series of X-rays but has been released

: Cuts short his contract with Melbourne and returns to England with Sale.

2012: A run of poor form sees him dropped by Sale.

2013: Hospitalised after being struck by a bus while on pub crawl in Leeds city centre.

The windscreen of the bus was broken and a number of paramedics and Yorkshire police attended to Cipriani, whose face was painted as part of his fancy dress costume.

Cipriani's manager James Williamson told The Sun: 'Danny’s spending the night in hospital. X-rays and scans will be carried out overnight.

'He’s obviously in pain. He was running across the road and just misjudged the speed of the bus.'

A bystander told the Leeds Student website: 'It was like a film, (the bus passengers) were all shook up and screaming.'

A
spokesperson for the First Bus company said today: 'A pedestrian
suddenly ran into the road and collided with a First Bus travelling at a
safe speed.

'The police have investigated this incident and have reported that First and its driver are not at fault.

'We understand the pedestrian is an England rugby international, and we wish him a speedy recovery.'

While in Australia he was under the spotlight for breaching team discipline on a number of occasions.

Scare: Sale's Danny Cipriani was hit by a bus in Leeds and taken to hospital

Scare: Sale's Danny Cipriani was hit by a bus in Leeds and taken to hospital

Former international: Cipriani has failed to establish himself in the England set-up

Former international: Cipriani has failed to establish himself in the England set-up

Season cut short

Cipriani will miss just the one remaining fixture for Sale this season. But it's a big one.

The Sharks were scheduled to face his former club Wasps at the Salford City Stadium on May 4.

Cipriani landed in hot water in 2011 for taking a bottle of vodka from the bar of a local nightspot without paying for it and was later stood down for a month for breaching team curfews and failing to turn up to training.

Cipriani and actress girlfriend Kelly Brook, 33, and recently rekindled their relationship after she split from former rugby star Thom Evans.

While he was on his pub crawl, the model and actress was filming the latest episode of TV show 'Celebrity Juice' at the Riverside studios in Hammersmith. She returned home after the filming.

Love match: Cipriani and Kelly Brook rekindled their relationship after splitting up

Love match: Cipriani and Kelly Brook rekindled their relationship after splitting up

All smiles: Kelly Brook arrives at the studios to record Celebrity Juice with fellow team captain Holly WilloughbyDanny Cipriani being hospitalised

All smiles: Kelly Brook arrives at the studios to record Celebrity Juice with fellow team captain Holly Willoughby

All smiles: Kelly Brook arrives at the studios to record Celebrity Juice with fellow team captain Holly Willoughby

Knockout: Brook is back with Cipriani after the pair split up when he left to play for Melbourne Rebels in Australia

Knockout: Brook is back with Cipriani after the pair split up when he left to play for Melbourne Rebels

Out at last: Cipriani tweets to his fans after leaving hospital

Out at last: Cipriani tweets to his fans after leaving hospital

So, just what is the Otley Run…

The Otley Run is a pub crawl which wings its way from the student-populated areas of Headingley in Leeds, back into the city centre campuses.

There is no defined route, but a number of pubs make up the traditional locations for the booze-filled student party.

It's a drunken all-dayer which typically sees those involved in fancy dress partying at up to 16 pubs heading into the city – and usually finishing up at one of the campus bars.

A selection of pubs which feature regularly on the Otley Run:

Woodies Ale House, Far HeadingleyThe Three Horseshoes, Far HeadingleyThe New Inn, Far HeadingleyHeadingley Taps, HeadingleyCitrus Bar, HeadingleyThe Arc, HeadingleyThe Box, HeadingleyThe Skyrack, Headingley The Original Oak, HeadingleyThe Hyde Park Pub, Hyde Park CornerThe Library, Woodhouse LaneThe Packhorse, Woodhouse LaneThe Eldon, Woodhouse LaneThe Fenton, Woodhouse LaneStrawberry Fields, Woodhouse LaneThe Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane
Booze cruise: Cipriani was on a pub crawl through Leeds (but not with any of these revellers)

Pub crawl

Eden Hazard ball boy incident dragged Chelsea into gutter once more

Hazard incident poses the question… when will Chelsea rise from the gutter

By
Neil Ashton

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01:13 GMT, 24 January 2013

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07:31 GMT, 24 January 2013

Chelsea players demanded answers from Eden Hazard in the dressing room at the Liberty Stadium – and they had every right to do so.

They are furious with the 32million man after he dragged the reputation of this club – champions of Europe remember – into the gutter again.

Forget the FA and the lengthy ban that will follow for the red card. This time Chelsea must act. They must take their own action, make an example of a player who has embarrassed and humiliated the club in front of a worldwide TV audience.

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

This Capital One Cup semi-final second leg was beamed all over the world, across north Africa and the Middle East, as Swansea City set off in pursuit of their first major final – a fairytale date with Bradford City at Wembley next month.

They got there, but the enduring memory of last night will be of the moment Hazard lost the plot behind Gerhard Tremmel’s goal. Losing a match is one thing, booting a ball boy something else.

Chelsea’s official twitter feed – which boasts nearly 1.8 million followers around the world – was one-eyed in its immediate response. Seconds after the incident, the club’s verified account tweeted: ‘Has football gone mad Hazard is sent off for kicking the ball under a ball boy attempting to smother the ball rather than return it.’

They apologised for those remarks an hour after the match. Presumably, someone at last saw some sense. But frankly, the club’s lack of self-discipline is alarming. Hazard’s flash of anger is a new low, a despicable act that has brought the great name of Chelsea into disrepute again.

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

What a year it’s been for them. Earlier in the season, John Terry was banned for four games by the FA after they found him guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last season.

In October, the club accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially insulting John Mikel Obi after their fiery 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League. Clattenburg was cleared by an FA investigation.

This isn’t conduct becoming of European champions, a club with so much positive recent history on its side after winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as the Champions League, during the Roman Abramovich era.

With fans revolting against the regime of interim manager Rafa Benitez following some indifferent results, Chelsea’s billionaire owner returned early from St Barts to sort out the mess at Stamford Bridge last weekend. But he will struggle to know where to start after this.

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

Hazard has to be accountable for his actions, sent off by referee Chris Foy after this extraordinary incident late in the second half. Charlie Morgan, son of Swansea director Martin Morgan, certainly played his part in an incredible moment.

Morgan started the day by boasting to his 11 twitter followers that ‘the king of all ball boys was back for one final appearance’. By 10.30pm more than 50,000 were following him and the comments from football fans around the world were a mixture of sympathy and abuse.

Earlier in the day he had tweeted that he intended to waste time to help Swansea hold on to their precious 2-0 advantage from the first leg. With about 12 minutes left, he did just that, holding on to the ball and refusing Hazard’s requests to return it quickly for a Swansea goal-kick.

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

Hazard could have remonstrated with the officials so that they added on time. Instead, what happened next should never be seen on a football field again, a shocking and shameful act by one of the most high-profile names in the game. Booting a ball boy in the ribs was unforgivable. Initially, Hazard seemed unrepentant as he left the field, but Chelsea were left frantically trying to defuse the volatile situation.

Young Morgan, after receiving treatment on his ribs in the Swansea dressing room, was eventually taken to see Hazard. The winger apologised for losing control, but that will not be enough to get him off the hook, with the FA sure to throw the book at him.

His team-mates have had Hazard down as flash and flighty for a while, and it will take time to repair the damage in the dressing room. After this, it will take even longer to restore Chelsea’s battered image around the world.

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… dont cut the pipeline

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… don’t cut the pipeline

. Several sports – including basketball – have seen their funds slashed.

There is a growing furore over the Olympic sports which have missed out on funding from UK Sport’s 347m pot of gold for the so-called 'Road to Rio'.

Those sports which are deemed not to be ‘podium contenders’ have been left at the starting blocks and pondering their very future and even their existence.

Understandably, administrators, players and fans are angry and frustrated given the very noisy and public commitment to fulfil an Olympic and Paralympic legacy, which was at the core of our successful Bid in 2005 and to Inspire a Generation.

As someone who has worked at the very
heart of elite sport and performance, I have sympathy and support for
these sports, which include basketball, handball and volleyball, which
all attracted massive crowds last summer.

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

In terms of potential medal winners at Rio in 2016, those who hold the purse strings probably got it right as judged by their own very strict criteria but we must not develop tunnel vision focused only on the podium.

We must adopt a broader and longer-term vision and aspiration rather than leave ourselves accused of developing an unhealthy lust for medals at all costs, and invest and develop other sports, especially team sports on the back of our Olympic and Paralympic triumph.

It is much more difficult to win medals in team sports compared to individual sports and, traditionally, they do not add many medals to the final medal table because they are not multi-discipline events like rowing, cycling boxing, swimming and athletics. In team sports like basketball you usually only have the men’s team and women’s team.

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Yet, if you analyse the low cost and highly accessible aspect of most team sports, compared to other sports and those which sit comfortably in our inner communities, it is completely baffling to me, why funding has been completely stopped in this area.

In the wake of London 2012 I had hope our cities would be crammed with courts for kids to play team sports, emulating their heroes and nurturing a love for team sport and the camaraderie and spirit, such sports inspire.

My solution to this currently unacceptable situation is to make a special case for these sports with a completely separate pool of funds made available through a new specially set up division of UK Sport called the 'Olympic Development Sports' providing specific support for sports where existing funds cannot be justified.

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

These sports should sign up to a long term business plan, say over 12 years with the aim of qualifying for and winning medals not, just for the next Olympics in 2016 but in 2020 and 2024.

This is investing and building for the future and totally fulfils the Legacy aspiration albeit over a much longer period. These sports should be supported and helped to reach a level where funding can be justified in their own right, and at which stage they will be promoted from the 'Olympic Development Sports' category.

After such a momentous year for sport in Britain, it would be scandalous if these sports did not receive the extra funding they need to continue their exciting journeys and help realise the dreams of thousands of youngsters who simply want to throw a ball into a hoop or push a ball over a net on the sand.

Funding is their oxygen for success. Don’t cut the pipeline.

Mario Balotelli tribunal delayed as Manchester City try to thrash out peace deal with striker

Balotelli tribunal delayed as Man City try to thrash out peace deal with errant striker

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 19 December 2012

Manchester City are on the verge of settling their dispute
with Mario Balotelli without the need for a tribunal.

The Blues are due to take on their errant striker at a Premier
League hearing today after he contested a fine of two weeks wages imposed for
accumulating too many red and yellow cards last season.

Absent: Mario Balotelli missed Manchester City training on Tuesday with a virus

Absent: Mario Balotelli missed Manchester City training on Tuesday with a virus

However, it is understood that the club and Balotelli’s
lawyers spent much of Tuesday night in talks aimed at finding a resolution and
though no agreement has been reached yet it is believed the two parties are not
far away.

There has been no comment on Wednesday morning from City or indeed
the Premier League. However the tribunal – which was due to start at 9am – has not begun.

Balotelli was contesting the fine as there is actually
nothing in rules drawn up by the Premier League and the PFA players’ union that
allows clubs to punish players merely for being cautioned or sent off too many
times.

Insiders at the PFA had been suggesting this week that this
was a case City would probably lose.

Baloteli himself was not expected in London for the hearing as he missed training yesterday with a virus.

In the dock: Balotelli is in trouble over his poor discipline last season

In the dock: Balotelli is in trouble over his poor discipline last season

Rocky relations: Roberto Mancini left Balotelli out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle on Saturday and made him take on extra training at the club's base

Rocky relations: Roberto Mancini left Balotelli out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle on Saturday and made him take on extra training at the club's base

Mario Balotelli to take Manchester City to tribunal over 340,000 fine

Furious Balotelli takes on Man City in tribunal over 340,000 fine for bad behaviour

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09:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Mario Balotelli has edged himself closer to the Manchester City exit door after deciding to take the club to a tribunal in a bid to overturn a 340,000 fine.

The controversial Italian striker was docked two weeks wages after a string of breaches of discipline.

And Balotelli will appear before an independent two-man panel in London on Wednesday.

Doubts: Roberto Mancini's relationship with Mario Balotelli is strained

Doubts: Roberto Mancini's relationship with Mario Balotelli is strained

The 22-year-old insists the fine was undeserved and is prepared to risk paying the five-figure cost of the hearing should he lose.

Having already appealed unsuccessfully to the club, Balotelli felt he had no option but to take further action.

But his latest move is likely to alienate him even further at the Etihad Stadium with even long-time supporter Roberto Mancini beginning to have doubts.

Jump to it: Mancini said Balotelli has to work harder

Jump to it: Mancini said Balotelli has to work harder

The City boss dropped Balotelli from his squad to face Newcastle yesterday and revealed: 'He was at home only because he needs to work.'

That followed the fall-out from the Manchester derby last weekend when the former Inter Milan player stormed down the tunnel after being replaced by Carlos Tevez in the second half.

Dylan Hartley to face a disciplinary hearing after citing for striking Rory Best

Hartley's discipline problems back in the spotlight after citing for striking Ulster's Best in cup defeat

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00:02 GMT, 11 December 2012

Dylan Hartley is in hot water again, this time for striking rival hooker Rory Best in Friday’s Heineken Cup clash between Northampton and Ulster.

The England hooker, who has served lengthy bans for gouging and biting offences in his turbulent career, is set to face a disciplinary hearing this week after he was cited by French match commissioner Jean-Claude Legendre.

This latest charge is not as serious but his poor disciplinary record might well lengthen his ban if he is found guilty. The International Rugby Board recommends a suspension of from two to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the incident.

Trouble ahead: Dylan Hartley (second left) has been cited for an incident during Morthampton's 25-6 defeat to Ulster in the Heineken Cup on Friday

Trouble ahead: Dylan Hartley (second left) has been cited for an incident during Morthampton's 25-6 defeat to Ulster in the Heineken Cup on Friday

Immediately after Northampton had lost
25-6 to Ulster, Hartley denied that he had been involved in any
incident. But TV pictures highlighted how the pair enveloped each other
after Best had tackled Hartley in the 64th minute.

The flare-up ended when the Northampton player lashed out at the Ireland star, who was not hurt.

Hartley missed England’s autumn games
because of a knee injury and only returned to action two weeks ago. The
injury followed his eight-week suspension last April after he was found
guilty of biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris on the arm in England’s
Six Nations win.

Hartley, 26, has been backed by
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree, who said the hooker had worked
hard to improve his discipline following a 26-week ban for a gouging
offence against Wasps players James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor in April
2007.

Ryan Babel ready to take on Manchester City with Ajax

Life of Ryan: Babel feels love at Ajax as former Liverpool man prepares to take down City

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22:30 GMT, 23 October 2012

It is just five years since former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez paid Ajax 12million for the promising Dutch forward Ryan Babel.

On Wednesday at the Amsterdam Arena, Babel faces Manchester City in the Champions League hoping to restart a career that has taken him back to his formative club.

The fact that Babel, still only 25, is back at Ajax is appropriate.

Back on track: Ryan Babel (centre) is hoping to leave Manchester City's Champions league campaign in tatters

Back on track: Ryan Babel (centre) is hoping to leave Manchester City's Champions league campaign in tatters

Offered just a one-year contract in the summer after an unhappy spell at German club Hoffenheim, Babel, originally a product of the famed Ajax youth academy, is having to prove himself once more as he looks to earn an extended career here in north Holland.

‘I have made mistakes,’ admitted Babel. ‘But, at 25, it’s not too late to give my career a good twist.

‘I still think I can fulfil my potential and live up to what people thought I would become.

‘I am mentally stronger and I know how to deal with certain situations and different people. The people at Ajax see that.’

Babel was just 19 when Benitez took him to Anfield after seeing him excel in the European Under 21 Championship in the summer of 2007.

Return: Babel was signed by Rafael Benitez at Liverpool five years ago

Return: Babel was signed by Rafael Benitez at Liverpool five years ago

Return: Babel was signed by Rafael Benitez at Liverpool five years ago

Return: Babel was signed by Rafael Benitez at Liverpool five years ago

In that tournament, Babel played as a central striker. At Liverpool he was asked to learn a wider role and he struggled. Discipline was a problem too and as his place at Anfield became gradually more uncertain, so did his future in England.

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The opposition: Carlos Tevez (right) and Sergio Aguero (left) will hope to sink Ajax on Wednesday night

Having played seven times this season for a team that is unbeaten domestically but sits bottom of its Champions League group, Babel knows he still has questions to answer. Many, for example, think him big-headed and arrogant.

His Dutch career is no longer a priority. Coach Louis van Gaal is not a fan and Babel, despite his 42 caps, has played once in two years.

What is more important tonight is proving a point to those who still doubt him.

‘I don’t think people in England ever saw the best of me,’ he said. ‘For a player to really be at his best you have to give him a certain confidence, but I did not feel appreciated by some people at Liverpool.

‘Ajax have given me a chance again to prove myself and I’m happy for that.

‘The City game is a good platform for me to show the people who doubt Ryan Babel what I can do.’

Another Hazard for defences as Eden"s nurturer says 16-year-old Kylian can be a world-beater

Another Hazard for defences as Eden's nurturer says 16-year-old Kylian can be a world-beater

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21:12 GMT, 13 September 2012

Eden Hazard has a brother who is even more talented — and it is not 19-year-old Thorgan, who has joined him at Chelsea.

It is 16-year-old Kylian who could yet turn out to be the star turn among the Hazard boys.

Star in the making: Kylian Hazard (second left) is tipped for big things

Star in the making: Kylian Hazard (second left) is tipped for big things

Fathi Ennabli, youth co-ordinator at Tubize, insists Kylian could scale greater heights, with just one reservation.

‘Kylian has the same natural attributes as Eden and is every bit as good, if not better,’ he said.

An eye for talent: Fathi Ennabli of AFC Tubize says there is a new Hazard on the horizon

An eye for talent: Fathi Ennabli of AFC Tubize says there is a new Hazard on the horizon

Oh brother: Thorgan has joined Essevee on loan from Chelsea

Oh brother: Thorgan has joined Essevee on loan from Chelsea

‘He has the same explosive pace that
takes him past players, and he can turn a game with something no-one
else could do. But there was always a problem with his attitude. He had
no concept of discipline or applying himself.

‘There was one youth game here where, midway through the second half, the coach realised he was a player short.

‘It was Kylian, and he had just wandered off. We found him sitting in a tree, and when we asked why, he just shrugged his shoulders and said he was fed up of playing.

‘He is at Lille’s academy at the moment and I hear there are signs of improvement. But he’s not there yet. If he doesn’t mend his ways it’s going to be a huge waste.’

Lee Cattermole urged to sign new Sunderland contract by boss Martin O"Neill

Sign up, Lee! O'Neill urges skipper Cattermole to put pen to paper on new contract

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12:29 GMT, 11 September 2012

Martin O'Neill wants Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole to commit his future to the Stadium of Light and sign a new deal.

The midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season and boss O'Neill is desperate to end any uncertainty before the next transfer window opens in January.

Sign on: Martin O'Neill wants Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole to put pen to paper on a new contract

Sign on: Martin O'Neill wants Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole to put pen to paper on a new contract

O'Neill lauded the 24-year-old's impressive start to the season but warned combative ace Cattermole still must work to avoid any disciplinary problems and cut out any 'silly' bookings.

‘Cattermole has been excellent since I came to the football club – and he may well have been before, I don’t know about that,’ O’Neill told the Sunderland Echo.

‘He’s 24 and he’s the captain of the side. Sometimes he needs to keep his discipline better because over the course of the year I expect he’ll pick up a couple of silly bookings.

‘I don’t want to build him up too much though – particularly as he has a contract to sign here!’

Cattermole has been sent off four times since he joined the Black Cats for 6million from Barclays Premier League rivals Wigan in 2009.