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Nike advert from 2011 features Oscar Pistorius as "the bullet in the chamber"

The bullet in the chamber: How Nike advert described Blade Runner Pistorius in 2011…

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:14 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 14 February 2013

A Nike advertising campaign has emerged which describes Oscar Pistorius as ‘the bullet in the chamber’.

The advert is believed to date back to 2011 but has re-emerged on the morning the Paralympic gold medallist, one of the most famous athletes on the planet, has been charged with murder following the death of his model girlfriend.

The 26-year-old allegedly shot Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who died of gunshot wounds at his home.

Advert: The Nike poster with Pistorius and the slogan

Advert: The Nike poster with Pistorius and the slogan

Pre-Paralympics: The advert dates back to 2011The advert dates back to 2011

Pre-Paralympics: The advert dates back to 2011

Neighbours called the police and arrived to find paramedics trying in vain to save her life.

Pistorius is due to appear in a Pretoria court tomorrow morning when police said they would oppose a bail application.

Another Nike advert shows a picture of the athlete and reads: ‘I was born without bones below the knee. I only stand 5ft 2. But this is the body I have been given.

'This is my weapon. How I conquer. How I wage my war. This is how I have broken the world record 49 times.

'How I become the fastest thing on no legs. This is my weapon. This is how I fight.’

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant
Colonel Katlego Mogale said police were called to Pistorius' house in the
Silver Lakes district at around 5am local time (3am GMT).

The call
came from a neighbour.

A 9mm pistol was recovered and the woman’s body was removed from the scene.

Pistorius was arrested at the scene as investigations began.

The athlete will appear in court tomorrow morning charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Charged: The athlete will appear in court tomorrow morning charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Double amputee Pistorius made history last summer by competing in the Olympic Games for his country, becoming the first amputee sprinter to do so.

He competed in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the Olympics and won two gold medals in the Paralympics in London.

The Johannesburg-born athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to run in able-bodied competition.

Daily Mail School"s Rugby: King"s School Macclesfield unbeaten

King's must mind their Manners after making a blistering start to U18s Cup

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UPDATED:

23:49 GMT, 1 November 2012

King’s School, Macclesfield, are among the form teams in this season’s Daily Mail RBS Schools' Cup after an unbeaten start.

The Cheshire school, whose autumn scalps in regular fixtures include a first over mighty Sedbergh, meet Derbyshire champions Lady Manners next Wednesday as cup games resume after the half-term break.

Head coach Guy Mason puts the nine wins down to hard work triggered by a successful tour of Canada in the summer.

‘We are a little bit surprised because we were pretty disappointed last season,’ he explained about a campaign which brought a fourth-round, 12-50, exit to Lymm, in the Under 18s cup.

On the attack: King's break

On the attack: King's break through

King’s record this season is among the best in the country. So far they have accounted for Grange School, Northwich, and Sandbach in the cup while wins on the regular circuit include not only Sedbergh but QEGS Wakefield, RGS Lancaster, Manchester GS and Woodhouse Grove.

The school is maintaining its link to Sale – led by ex-England scrum-half Steve Smith – through former hooker Tommy Taylor who has become a regular member of the Premiership club’s squad.

And this season Jack Sadler, the captain and No 8, plus lock Jonny Kenny, a member of the England Under 18 squad, are among a number of players combining school commitments and Sale’s academy demands.

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Kenny was a member of the King’s team who lost 25-3 in the final of the Daily Mail Under 15s vase in 2009 to The Leys School, Cambridge.

‘It would be great for the school to get back to Twickenham, but there’s a long way to go before we can think about that and Lady Manners will be difficult opponents,’ Mason added.

The Derbyshire comprehensive, based in the Peak District town of Bakewell, have plenty to shout about after six age-grade teams were crowned county champions last season.

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

A trip to King’s comes after a tense 23-22 third-round win over Sir John Deane’s College, Northwich, secured through a last-ditch penalty by fly half Tom Hutchinson.

‘It was the last play of the game,’ explained head coach Robert Allen. ‘They had taken the lead, but we managed to regain it through a penalty.’

Allen hopes outside centre Rory Chambers and flanker Tom Cruttenden will maintain their impressive starts to the season.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr settle court case

Court settlement clears path for $200m Mayweather v Pacquiao superfight

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 26 September 2012

The hotly anticipated superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao could be taking a step closer as the two fighters are close to settling a long-standing defamation case in Las Vegas.

Fight fans around the world now hope this will pave the way for the $200million showdown in Sin City to be confirmed.

Pacquiao filed the lawsuit in
December 2009 seeking unspecified damages based on allegations that
Floyd Mayweather Jnr defamed him by suggesting he used
performance-enhancing substances.

Who's next Pacquiao will face Marquez in December... but will Mayweather come after that

Who's next Pacquiao will face Marquez in December… but will Mayweather come after that

Terms of the agreement cited in
documents filed in the US District Court in Las Vegas are confidential,
said Malcolm LaVergne, a lawyer representing Floyd Mayweather Jnr's
father in the case.

LaVergne said documents filed under
seal ask US District Judge Larry R. Hicks to dismiss the lawsuit, and
that others involved in the case were preparing a public statement.
Documents filed publicly said each side would bear its own attorney fees
and costs.

In a statement the Mayweathers said: 'We wish to
make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has
used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of
any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.'

'The matter has been resolved,' LaVergne said. 'Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather Snr is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion.'

Money matters: Mayweather won his last bout in May against Miguel Cotto

Money matters: Mayweather won his last bout in May against Miguel Cotto

The direction of the case took a turn against Floyd Mayweather Jnr last week, when the judge issued a ruling ordering him to pay 70,000 in legal fees and costs for avoiding questioning under oath from Pacquiao's lawyers.

Hicks faulted Mayweather for failure to comply with a court order. But he earlier rejected a bid by Pacquiao's lawyers to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction – a default judgment for Pacquiao.

Nevada State Athletic Commission chief Keith Kizer said he wasn't aware of any talks between the two camps about scheduling a fight. But Kizer said such a fight could set records for the highest purse, gate and number of cable television paid viewers.

A Mayweather-Pacquiao fight might eclipse the Mayweather super welterweight fight against Oscar De La Hoya that drew 17,078 fans to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in May 2007, Kizer said. Paid attendance was 11.3m.

'Based on my dealings with the boxing public and boxing insiders, the proposed Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has as much interest as any fight I can remember in the last 20 years,' Kizer said. 'I think this would be our first gate over 12.3m.'

John Terry Anton Ferdinand racism FA charge denied by Chelsea captain

Terry to fight Anton racism charge as FA grant Chelsea star personal hearing

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UPDATED:

14:20 GMT, 3 August 2012

Fresh fight: John Terry has denied FA charge of racial abuse

Fresh fight: John Terry has denied FA charge of racial abuse

John Terry has denied a Football Association charge of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and has requested a personal hearing.

The Chelsea captain was last month found not guilty of a racially-aggravated public order offence in relation to the same incident at Westminster Magistrates' Court but faces sanctions from the FA after being charged last week.

A statement on the FA's website said: 'John Terry has today denied an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race, towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.

'The Chelsea player has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set in due course.

'During this period John Terry remains available to play for England.'

The announcement was always expected after Terry responded to last week's charge almost instantly.

The 31-year-old said in a statement released last Friday evening: 'I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing.'

In the spotlight: Terry was acquitted at Westminster Magistrates Court last month

In the spotlight: Terry was acquitted at Westminster Magistrates Court last month

Moments earlier, the FA had said in their statement: 'Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the FA have confirmed.

'It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand.'

Terry was found not guilty of calling Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***' during a five-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court that ended two weeks ago, with District Judge Howard Riddle ruling there was reasonable doubt whether the words were intended as an insult.

Row: Terry and QPR defender Ferdinand came to blows last October at Loftus Road

Row: Terry and QPR defender Ferdinand came to blows last October at Loftus Road

Terry has always maintained they were not, insisting they formed part of a denial to an accusation of racism from Ferdinand during Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23.

The Blues skipper was acquitted on that basis but the FA refused to drop their own investigation into the matter, which they had put on hold the moment Terry was charged with a criminal offence.

Whereas the prosecution in Terry's trial had to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt, the FA disciplinary commission can reach verdicts purely on the balance of probabilities, a much lower burden of proof.

John Terry NOT GUILTY: Chelsea captain cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Terry cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand as Chelsea captain is found not guilty in race trial

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 13 July 2012

John Terry has been found not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence involving Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was charged after he was seen mouthing the words 'f****** black c***' in Ferdinand's direction during Chelsea's defeat against QPR at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.

When the verdict from Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Howard Riddle arrived, Terry
simply nodded in response.

He soon left the court expressionless and did not make any comment before being taken away in a waiting car.

Dan Morrison, Terry's lawyer, said outside court: 'The court has today acquitted John Terry of all charges. He has consistently explained his position to the FA, the police and to the court.

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Judgement day: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon

Judgement day: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Read the full ruling…

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'He did not racially abuse Mr Ferdinand
and the court has accepted this. John would like to thank his legal team
for their hard work and his family, friends and Chelsea Football Club
for their support.'

Giving his verdict, Mr Riddle said the case was not about 'whether Mr Terry is a racist in the broadest sense of the word'

He said he had heard a great deal of
evidence to show that he is not. 'It is understandable why Mr Terry
wants to make this point, his reputation is at stake,' he said.

A statement from the Crown Prosecution Service read: 'The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not “banter” on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.

'The Chief Magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence. That is justice being done and we respect the Chief Magistrate’s decision.'

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court, Terry received shouts of encouragement as well as boos from members of the public gathered outside.

He entered the dock at just before
2pm wearing a grey suit with a grey tie. Family members of both Terry
and Ferdinand were in a packed gallery to hear the verdict delivered.

Terry is now expected to fly away on holiday with his family before returning for pre-season training with Chelsea ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Speaking outside the court, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck – who has been in court every day – said: 'Chelsea Football Club notes and, of course, we respect the decision of the magistrate today. We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and go back to training and do what he's done for many years.'

A club statement read: 'Chelsea Football Club notes and respects Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle's decision to clear John Terry of the charge against him. We are pleased that John can now focus on football and his pre-season preparations with the team.'

Explaining his verdict, Mr Riddle said: 'There is no doubt that John Terry uttered the words 'f****** black c***' at Anton Ferdinand. When he did so he was angry. Mr Ferdinand says that he did not precipitate this comment by himself, accusing Mr Terry of calling him a black c***.

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

'Even with all the help the court has received from television footage, expert lip readers, witnesses and indeed counsel, it is impossible to be sure exactly what were the words spoken by Mr Terry at the relevant time.

'It is impossible to be sure exactly what was said to him at the relevant time by Mr Ferdinand. It is not only that all of this happened in a matter of seconds. For a small part of the relevant time the camera's view of Mr Terry was obstructed. We do not have a clear camera view of Mr Ferdinand, sufficient to pick up exactly what he said.

'No matter how serious the incident looks now, and how crucial the exact wording is now, at the time it was secondary to the key witnesses. They are professional footballers in the final minutes of a game where the result mattered to them both. They would naturally concentrate on the game more than on exactly what had been said to them or by them.

'There was the noise of the crowd. There is the fact that towards the end of a game players are not only physically tired they are also mentally tired. I don't need evidence to tell me that.

'It is a crucial fact that nobody has given evidence that they heard what Mr Terry said or more importantly how he said it. He has given effectively the same account throughout. Insofar as there are discrepancies in his account, they are understandable and natural.

'He says that he was himself wrongly accused by Mr Ferdinand on the pitch of calling him a black c***. He has maintained that from the beginning. (Terry's team mate) Mr Ashley Cole has corroborated that it was mentioned to him during the game.
Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

'There is no doubt that reasonably soon after the game he made the accusation to Mr Ferdinand. He confirmed that basic account in a statement on the evening of the match.

'He gave a very detailed account to the FA and later to the police. He gave evidence to that effect in this court. There have been minor discrepancies in the account. It seems likely that his belief that he was wrongly accused on the pitch has strengthened as time goes by, and I have discussed that above.

'However, his account has been subject to the most searching and thorough questioning on at least three occasions. Nobody has been able to show that he is lying. The lip readers do not provide evidence that categorically contradicts his account.

'What may at first sight have seemed clear to the non-expert, is less clear now. There are limitations to lip reading, even by an expert. I have assessed John Terry as a credible witness. Weighing all the evidence together, I think it is highly unlikely that Mr Ferdinand accused Mr Terry on the pitch of calling him a black c***. However, I accept that it is possible that Mr Terry believed at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation was made.

'The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong. Mr Cole gives corroborating (although far from compelling corroborating) evidence on this point. It is therefore possible that what he said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him.

'In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.'

Leaving court, Ferdinand's parents, Julian Ferdinand and Janice Lavender, who attended every day of the trial, declined to comment. Mr Ferdinand said: 'I have nothing to say to you at all.'

Lance Armstrong refiles lawsuit against USADA

Armstrong refiles lawsuit against USADA after initial action is thrown out

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UPDATED:

07:28 GMT, 11 July 2012

Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency as he continued to contest charges he used drugs to help him win his record seven Tour de France titles.

The 40-year-old initially filed a lawsuit in a US federal court on Monday which was dismissed by a judge as being a 'lengthy and bitter polemic', designed to attract media attention and public sympathy.

Armstrong and his lawyers were given 20 days to refile his suit against USADA and the body's chief executive, Travis Tygart, which they have now done.

Legal action: Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against USADA

Legal action: Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against USADA

The suit asks the US District Court in Armstrong's hometown of Austin, Texas to find that USADA 'does not have the right to charge and sanction him and strip him of his titles'.

USADA has given Armstrong a deadline of Saturday to enter into arbitration to contest the charges, or accept sanctions which include removing his seven Tour titles and imposing a lifetime ban.

That ban would also cover triathlon, the sport in which Armstrong now competes. If the court grants Armstrong's request that is likely to lead to a lengthy legal battle between the cyclist and USADA.

If his request is rejected, Armstrong would instead face an arbitration hearing sometime between now and November.

Seven up: Armstrong has a record number of Tour de France wins

Seven up: Armstrong has a record number of Tour de France wins

USADA launched legal proceedings against Armstrong last month for alleged doping violations going back 16 years.

USADA have said more than 10 former team-mates and officials will testify against Armstrong.

On Tuesday, three former staff members of the United States Postal Service team, for which Armstrong rode between 1998 and 2004, were handed lifetime bans by USADA.

Dr Luis Garcia del Moral (cycling team doctor), Dr Michele Ferrari (cycling team consulting doctor) and Jose 'Pepe' Marti (cycling team trainer) received the sanctions after being found guilty of anti-doping violations while with USPS team between 1999 and 2007.

The first six of Armstrong's seven titles came while riding for USPS.

Wasps takeover nears end after club exchanges contracts with Moss consortium

Wasps takeover nears end after club exchanges contracts with Moss consortium

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 29 June 2012

Wasps have exchanged contracts on the sale of the club to a new consortium headed up by former player Ken Moss.

The Aviva Premiership club expect the takeover to be completed by mid-July.

Moss, an IT entrepreneur who played for Wasps between 1985 and 1990, stepped in to save the club after takeover talks with a different party collapsed in April.

Race is almost run: Wasps are set to have new owners this summer

Race is almost run: Wasps are set to have new owners this summer

The takeover would end Steve Hayes' unsuccessful four-year ownership of the club.

A club statement said: 'London Wasps are delighted to confirm that contracts have been exchanged on the sale of the club to a new consortium headed up by former player Ken Moss, with full completion expected to take place in mid-July.

'Full details of the new ownership and future plans will be outlined once the deal is fully completed.

'The club's priority is now on ensuring the deal is complete within this timeframe as well as finalising arrangements for the club's future structure and operations.'

Hayes put Wasps up for sale last July when Wycombe district council withdrew its support for the construction of a new stadium.

Moss will have to absorb annual losses in excess of 2million and repay a 1.5million secured debt.

F1 is the real winner of BBC and Sky competition: Mark Webster

BBC and Sky competition means F1 and the fans are the real winner

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 15 April 2012

Of all the sport that has passed through or remains in Auntie’s loving grasp, there would be very little argument that their coverage of Formula One has been a genuine triumph.

The sport has been exclusively live in the BBC’s safe pair of hands since 2009, but this season not only are they sharing with Sky, but the satellite rivals are providing coverage with the DRS full-on — a dedicated channel, with countless hours of live qualifying, affiliated shows, tons of additional viewing technology, an experienced, cherry-picked presenting team and, perhaps most importantly, advertising-free racing.

So come round three from China, and F1 has become a two-horse race, with Sky off to a flyer — coming on air half an hour before the BBC joined the season live for the first time — with their trio of Simon Lazenby, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.

Sky high: Simon Lazenby leads the Sky TV coverage of F1

Sky high: Simon Lazenby leads the Sky TV coverage of F1

And although their 90-minute build-up was a perfectly well executed mixture of knowledge, access and special features — including a trip around Monaco on a luxury yacht and a lesson in Tai Chi — what happened from 7am on BBC1 felt like F1 coming home.

Jake Humphrey, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard began their stint with a mini buddy movie in the garment district of Shanghai, and ended with all three wearing highly unsuitable new jackets in the pit lane.

Perhaps because we are more familiar with them, or simply because they have a better chemistry, the BBC boys certainly edge the race wraparound for me — even in spite of Jordan’s rather in-your-face claim that ‘what’s brilliant about (China) is they all watch BBC’. Their coverage feels just that more ‘boots on the ground’, more in amongst it than that of their Sky rivals.

Or perhaps all that extra time on air on race day proves that more can sometimes be less

Familiar face: Jake Humphrey was presenting the first live coverage of F1 for the BBC this season in China

Familiar face: Jake Humphrey was presenting the first live coverage of F1 for the BBC this season in China

Of all the pre-race build-up, the highlight had to be on the grid walk, as Sky’s new co-commentator Brundle — who still definitely owns this frenzied dash ’n’ chat piece of TV — walked back from grabbing a quick word with Kamui Kobayashi and offered a jaunty ‘hello mate’ to his former colleague Coulthard, coming the other way, as the two channels briefly touched wings.

Brundle was, of course, one of the talents grabbed from the BBC, and in his new role as the expert alongside ex-Radio 5 Live commentator David Croft, Sky nudges it when it comes to race time.

The pair of them have a vigour and sense of fun that the BBC’s Ben Edwards with Coulthard just cannot pass and with Sky also having the excellent Ted Kravitz (another recruit from BBC television) prowling the pit lane, they have the ideal team to bring the season home.

Everyone's a winner: BBC and Sky have both provided good coverage

Everyone's a winner: BBC and Sky have both provided good coverage

This was exemplified perfectly on lap 14 as Michael Schumacher’s race came to an end. ‘He’s parked up in Shanghai,’ exclaimed Croft, as Brundle responded: ‘I haven’t been so disappointed since Shrek 2.’

In general, I think it is fair to say that not only do both channels share coverage, but also many of the plaudits.

OK, you have to pay to play if you want the unadulterated Sky version, but that is 21st century television viewing for you.

But with the entire nation available to the BBC, let us not forget how important they are as a finely displayed shop window for the sport. You may now have two channels racing each other, but in the end, team F1 is the real winner.

Wasps takeover collapses as Aviva Premiership club appeal for new investors

Wasps face administration threat after Adams Park takeover talks collapse

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UPDATED:

14:59 GMT, 10 April 2012

Wasps are in grave danger of going into administration unless they can attract new investment by the end of the Aviva Premiership season, following the collapse of takeover talks.

The club have been looking for a new owner since last July, when Wycombe District Council withdraw its support for the construction of a new stadium.

Wasps were close to completing a takeover deal last week but that arrangement has fallen through, leaving the club in a precarious financial position.

Collapse: Takeover talks for Wasps have broken down

Collapse: Takeover talks for Wasps have broken down

It is understood Wasps have enough
funding to see them through the next month, which would allow them to
complete the Premiership season, but the club need urgent investment to
remain in business beyond May.

Luke Benedict

Wasps have returned with their
begging bowl to three parties who had previously expressed an interest
in the club while issuing an urgent appeal for potential new investors
to step forward.

A club statement said: 'The board is
disappointed to confirm that negotiations, which had been leading
towards an imminent takeover of the club, have stalled.

'The board, having taken independent
advice, is able to confirm that London Wasps Holdings Limited remains
nevertheless a going concern.

'However, the board acknowledges the urgency of the current situation surrounding the club.

'There are ongoing active discussions
with other potential investors but the club is seeking, using all best
endeavours, further expressions of interest.'

Threat: The prospect of administration hangs over Wasps if they don't find new investors

Threat: The prospect of administration hangs over Wasps if they don't find new investors

It is understood the collapse of the takeover bid was due to funding issues with the potential investor.

It emerged last week that Wasps'
current owner Steve Hayes had been arrested and bailed as part of
Scotland Yard's computer-hacking investigation.

Wasps have been battling against
relegation all season and, with three matches remaining, they have still
not mathematically secured their Premiership status.

Selling up: Wasps owner Steve Hayes

Selling up: Wasps owner Steve Hayes

The club have fallen a long way since
2008, when Lawrence Dallaglio lifted their fifth English league title
to go with the European crowns they won in 2004 and 2007.

Dallaglio retired and was followed
out of the door by England internationals James Haskell, Tom Palmer,
Riki Flutey, Paul Sackey and Danny Cipriani.

Palmer and Haskell are due to return
next season and Wasps chairman Mark Rigby is desperate to convince new
investors there is a bright future for the club.

'London Wasps has a long and
successful history, and is one of the best known brands in the game, and
the board is convinced that the right backer exists,' Rigby said.

'With a great squad in place and the
excellent (director of rugby) Dai Young at the helm, we believe we are
set to make a strong impact next season.

'Time is however short and we urgently need a new investor or consortium to back this belief.'

Fabrice Muamba: Twitter troll Liam Stacey jailed for abusing Bolton midfielder

Twitter troll jailed for 56 days after mocking tragic Bolton midfielder Muamba

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 27 March 2012

Jailed: Liam Stacey mocked Fabrice Muamba

Jailed: Liam Stacey mocked Fabrice Muamba

A student who mocked Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a match has been jailed for inciting racial hatred.

Liam Stacey, 21, provoked revulsion with comments made while the Bolton star still lay on the pitch.

The 23-year-old midfielder was left fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie on March 17.

Horrified fans watched live on TV as he fell to the ground during the quarter-final clash at Tottenham.

Police were inundated with complaints as members of the public reported the student's comments.

Stacey, a Swansea University biology undergraduate, was quickly tracked down and arrested.

Last week he admitted inciting racial hatred when he appeared briefly at Swansea Magistrates' Court and today (Tuesday) he was jailed for 56 days at the same court.

Fight for life: Medics had to battle to save Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane

Fight for life: Medics had to battle to save Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane

The first of Stacey's messages began with 'LOL (laugh out loud). **** Muamba. He's dead!!!'

A number of people took him to task for his views and he responded with a further string of offensive comments aimed at other Twitter users.

Stacey was close to tears during his appearance before magistrates last week.

Muamba's recovery over the past 10 days has been described as 'miraculous'.

He remains in intensive care in hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Stacey broke down as he was taken away in handcuffs to a holding cell beneath Swansea Magistrates' Court.

He was led past the public gallery, where he was briefly embraced by friends and his parents as he shook with emotion.

Moments earlier, District Judge John Charles told him: 'In my view there is no alternative to an immediate prison sentence.'

He said that when Muamba collapsed, 'it was not the football world who was praying for him… everybody was praying for his life'.

He added that abusive remarks made to Stacey 'via a social networking site were instigated as a result of vile and abhorrent comments made as a result of a young man who was fighting for his life'.