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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel third as Kimi Raikkonen wins- report

Vettel storms to podium finish from back of grid as Raikkonen wins in Abu Dhabi

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 4 November 2012

Kimi Raikkonen scored his first Formula One victory for more than three years by taking the chequered flag at the end of an astonishing, incident-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

As a name in Formula One – bearing in mind the team has gone through various guises and owners in recent times – this was Lotus' first triumph since the 1987 USA East Grand Prix in Detroit.

Raikkonen, who inherited the lead after McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire on lap 20 with an electrical failure on his McLaren, becomes the eighth different driver to win a race this year.

Balancing act: Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Balancing act: Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Three amigos: Raikkonen won from Fernando Alonso (left) and Sebastian Vettel (right)

Three amigos: Raikkonen won from Fernando Alonso (left) and Sebastian Vettel (right)

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Result

1 Kimi Raikkonen
2 Fernando Alonso
3 Sebastian Vettel
4 Jenson Button
5 Pastor Maldonado
6 Kamui Kobayashi
7 Felipe Massa
8 Bruno Senna
9 Paul Di Resta
10 Daniel Ricciardo

Hot on Raikkonen's heels was Ferrari's
Fernando Alonso, who has only managed to cut the gap to title rival
Sebastian Vettel by three points to 10.

That was following a stunning drive from the pit lane to third by the 24-year-old German.

It was exhilarating stuff throughout the 55 laps, from the first corner, through two safety car sessions, to the end.

Messages to Raikkonen during the race were met with dismissive comments so typical of the Finn as at one stage he said: 'Don't worry, I know what I'm doing.'

Following his 19th career win, asked as to how he felt at triumphing in a race again, the 'Iceman' simply said: 'Not much really.'

Pressed for a response from David Coulthard, Raikkonen added: 'I'm very happy for the team. It's been a hard season, not an easy time, but hopefully this gives us more belief.

'I hope this can turn the tables and give us many more wins, if not this year then for next year.'

Main man: Vettel (right) came from the back of the grid to finish third

Main man: Vettel (right) came from the back of the grid to finish third

Second best: Alonso remains behind Vettel in the race for the drivers' title

Second best: Alonso remains behind Vettel in the race for the drivers' title

Team principal Eric Boullier said after last Sunday's Indian Grand Prix that he felt the elusive win for his team would have to wait until next year.

But seven days later Boullier was ecstatic as he said: 'Oh my God! Those last few laps were the longest of my life.

'This means a lot. It's the reward for everybody at Enstone after a tough three years. I am very happy for everybody at the factory.

'We missed out at the start of the season, which was frustrating, so I'm relieved for everybody.'

Alonso was content with second, despite the proximity of Vettel, and said: 'I'm very happy. We were not super competitive this weekend.

Driving through the pack: Sebastian Vettel started at the back of the grid

Driving through the pack: Sebastian Vettel started at the back of the grid

'We had to fight through the laps, then we had a good strategy that gave us a chance for the victory, but second was the maximum.'

Vettel, who swore twice during his questioning, was initially asked whether he believed he could be on the podium after starting from the pitlane.

With a smile, he replied: 'Yes, I did to be honest with you.

'After the first couple of laps the target was drifting. I had a messy start and damaged the front wing.

'During the first safety car there was a big mistake from Daniel (Ricciardo), but after that it was either full attack or nothing.

Clash: Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta and Sauber's Sergio Perez touch wheels after the start of the race

Clash: Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta and Sauber's Sergio Perez touch wheels after the start of the race

'The second safety car helped, then I had a nice fight with Jenson. It was a thrilling grand prix, up and down all the time.'

Asked about being so close to now winning his third world title, he said: 'There are still two races to go.

'We saw how things can change yesterday (when he was penalised for a fuel irregularity). There was a chance we could screw it up, but we didn't do that.'

Lap one was one to forget for Force India as Nico Hulkenberg was involved in a turn-one collision with Williams' Bruno Senna.

With a broken front-right suspension Hulkenberg was immediately ruled out of the race, whilst the incident also hurt team-mate Paul Di Resta as he punctured a tyre and dropped to the back of the field.

It also resulted in Mercedes' Nico Rosberg requiring a new front wing, whilst the Lotus of Romain Grosjean was also forced to pit.

Off track: Nico Hulkenberg crashes with Bruno Senna

Off track: Nico Hulkenberg crashes with Bruno Senna

All that swiftly elevated Vettel up three positions, but approaching the turn at the end of the longest straight in F1 on the first lap, he lost the right front-wing endplate after being clipped by Senna.

That proved significant, for although he was able to continue, during a safety car period when Rosberg hit and flew over the slowing HRT of Narain Karthikeyan on lap nine, he was involved in a minor incident.

Running behind Toro Rosso's Ricciardo, Vettel was forced to brake sharply to avoid contact with the Australian down the straight, hitting a polystyrene 'DRS' sign and further damaging the front wing.

The team then decided immediately to change the wing, as well as switching him on to a fresh set of soft tyres, asking him to stretch them to breaking point with a possible 42-lap run.

As Vettel cut his way through the field, others fell by the wayside, initially Hamilton on lap 20 as an electrical failure saw him grind to a halt.

It meant for the second time in four years at this track, and second time in five races this season, Hamilton was forced to retire whilst leading.

Smash: Nico Rosberg flies over Karthikeyan's car in a spectacular crash

Smash: Nico Rosberg flies over Karthikeyan's car in a spectacular crash

There was a consolation hug from team principal Martin Whitmarsh once Hamilton made his way back to the pit wall, but it will have been of little solace.

From a near-certain victory position, Hamilton then watched this crazy race continue to unfold, with the most of the action surrounding Red Bull's Mark Webber.

The Australian was involved in a turn 11 collision with Williams' Pastor Maldonado on lap 22, and then a few laps later with Felipe Massa in his Ferrari.

Despite the stewards investigating, with the four-man panel including British Racing Drivers' Club president Derek Warwick, they decided both were racing incidents that did not warrant penalty.

It was third time unlucky, however, for Webber on lap 39 as he was part of a four-way scrap for fifth involving Di Resta, Sauber's Sergio Perez, Grosjean and Webber.

Di Resta initially tussled with Perez, sending the Mexican off the track, but in returning, McLaren-bound Perez then collided with Grosjean who in turn struck Webber.

Off and running: Lewis Hamilton made an impressive start from pole position

Off and running: Lewis Hamilton made an impressive start from pole position

Following another swift investigation from the stewards they decided to hand Perez a 10-second stop-go penalty for causing a collision and forcing another driver off track.

All that had come one lap before Red Bull decided Vettel did require another set of tyres, but bringing him out in clean air in fourth as he had climbed as high as second.

The Perez-Grosjean-Webber smash brought the safety car out for a second time, further aiding Vettel's cause because with three laps remaining he finally squeezed past Button to claim third.

Ahead of him, Alonso managed to get within a second of Raikkonen, but never close enough to make a pass, so settling for second.

Behind the leading quartet were Maldonado, Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, Massa, Senna, Di Resta and Ricciardo.

As for the constructors' championship, with Ferrari collecting 24 points and Red Bull 15 from this race, the gap is now 82, with only 86 available.

Referee Dean Mohareb arrested over computer hacking allegations

Football League referee Mohareb arrested over computer hacking allegations

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UPDATED:

09:40 GMT, 3 October 2012

Arrested: Referee Dean Mohareb

Arrested: Referee Dean Mohareb

Referee Dean Mohareb has been arrested on suspicion of computer hacking.

Mohareb, a senior member of the Football Association’s referee department and a football league official, was due to take charge of Barnsley against Peterborough on Tuesday night.

But the 29-year-old was stood down from the match following his arrest at home on Sunday.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: ‘On Sunday 30 September 2012 police seized a number of electrical items as part of an investigation into computer hacking and the dissemination of private information.

‘A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material/data, under section 1 of the Misuse of Computers Act 1990. The man has since been bailed until 26 November 2012.’

The arrest follows an investigation into the hacking of emails belonging to the FA’s former National Referee Manager for Education and Training, Janie Frampton.

Miss Frampton was sacked after her emails were leaked to the press and it was reported she had offered FA Cup semi-final tickets in return for flight upgrades on British Airways.

She denies the allegations and is appealing the decision to sack her.

Fabrice Muamba news: Bolton player fitted with defibrillator

Muamba fitted with defibrillator to improve chances of resuming playing career

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 13 April 2012

Fabrice Muamba's hopes of playing again have been boosted after the Bolton midfielder was fitted with an electrical device that could save his life.

The 24-year-old is due to leave hospital on Friday and will do so with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) under his collar bone.

The device releases an electrical charge if it detects a heart malfunction similar to the cardiac arrest Muamba suffered against Tottenham last month.

Heading home: Fabrice Muamba is set to be released from hospital on Friday

Heading home: Fabrice Muamba is set to be released from hospital on Friday

His cardiologist, Dr Sam Mohiddin said previously: 'What has happened may happen again and, therefore, if there's any risk you want a safety net.'

Several players across Europe have been fitted with an ICD including former Bolton star Khalilou Fadiga who collapsed with an irregular heartbeat.

Belgian Under 21 international Anthony Van Loo meanwhile was saved by the device when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch.

Muamba’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes as Bolton played Spurs in the FA Cup.

He has made a remarkable recovery and will complete another significant milestone when he leaves the London Chest Hospital.

Back soon: Bolton fans hope to see Muamba return to action

Back soon: Bolton fans hope to see Muamba return to action

He will continue to undergo treatment at the Alexandra Hospital in Greater Manchester, closer to his family home.

Reports that the England Under 21 international could return to
training in a month are rather optimistic, although it is possible that
he could make an appearance at Bolton's Euxton HQ before the end of the
season and even take part in a gentle workout if doctors give him the
all-clear.

Fadiga, now 37, hopes Muamba can make a successful return.

'It will be very tough, but hopefully he will show everyone what he can do,' he said.

Thanks: Muamba gave this cake to the staff at London Chest Hospital

Thanks: Muamba gave this cake to the staff at London Chest Hospital

On Thursday, Muamba gave staff at the London hospital a giant cake as a thank you for saving his life.

He wanted to show his gratitude before heading back to the north west and the cake, a 16-inch vanilla sponge, is iced with the words: 'To all the Medical Staff at the London Chest Hospital that helped me on the road to recovery, from Fabrice Muamba and family.'

Shrewsbury fire forces Port Vale postponement at Greenhous Meadow Stadium

Shrewsbury's promotion charge dented after fire forces Port Vale postponement

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UPDATED:

06:27 GMT, 28 March 2012

Shrewsbury dropped out of the automatic promotion places in League Two after their match against Port Vale was dramatically postponed due to an electrical fire.

James Collins gave Graham Turner's side a 50th minute lead but the match was halted 14 minutes later when smoke began billowing out of the East Stand at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium.

Supporters were evacuated when the floodlights failed in the Roland Wycherley Stand before firefighters rushed to the scene to attend a serious fire within the control room.

Up in smoke: Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a fire in the control room at Shrewsbury's stadium

Up in smoke: Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a fire in the control room at Shrewsbury's stadium

A stadium announcement declared the match could not go on 15 minutes later. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the match will now be rescheduled for a later date.

'The initial reaction when the lights went out was that you see it all the time and that they'd soon be back on,' Shrewsbury striker Terry Gornell told BBC Radio Shropshire.

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'You're in the game and you're not worrying about what's happening off the field.

'But, as soon as they started evacuating the stand, you knew there was slim chance of it carrying on.

'The main thing is nobody was hurt and it all went smoothly but we're in shock. We can't believe this has happened.

'It was one of our best performances of the season and we were playing some great football.'

League One review: Carlisle in playoff hunt

League One and Two review: Carlisle back in playoff hunt after late win

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 27 March 2012

Jordan Cook scored twice in the dying minutes as Carlisle boosted their npower League One play-off hopes with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at fifth-placed Milton Keynes Dons.

The hosts looked set to narrow the gap to second-placed Sheffield Wednesday to just four points when Shaun Williams fired them in front in the 80th minute from the penalty spot.

But Cook struck back within three minutes and netted the winner also from the spot in injury time after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Dons defender Tom Flanagan.

Buzzing: Brentford's Clayton Donaldson scores his second goal against Preston

Buzzing: Brentford's Clayton Donaldson scores his second goal against Preston

Carlisle's win kept them in the play-off zone at the expense of Stevenage, who came from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth.

Wesley Thomas and Scott Malone gave the Cherries the lead inside 36 minutes, but Luke Freeman and Michael Bostwick still managed to bring Stevenage level before half-time.

At the bottom, Walsall clambered out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Colchester. Anthony Wordsworth gave the visitors an early lead but the Saddlers responded through Emanuel Ledesma, Mat Sadler and George Bowerman.

Brentford kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Preston. Shaleum Logan and Clayton Donaldson gave the Bees an early lead, Paul Parry's penalty reduced the deficit before Donaldson's second secured the points.

David Mooney scored the only goal of the game as Leyton Orient won 1-0 at Oldham, despite the late sending-off of defender Ryan Dickson for two bookable offences.

Shrewsbury's hopes of moving back into second-place in League Two literally went up in smoke as their match against Port Vale was abandoned after 64 minutes due to an electrical fire.

The Shrews led 1-0 at the time due to a 50th minute goal from James Collins, but when smoke began billowing out of the East Stand at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium, the game was swiftly called off.

Fourth-placed Crawley moved within a point of the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win at Bradford. Leon Clarke's opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Chris Dagnall, but Gary Alexander fired a 76th minute winner.

Asa Hall's double boosted Oxford's play-off hopes with a 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley, while Gillingham's play-off hopes continued to falter as a Matt Fish own goal handed hosts Burton a 1-0 win which ends the Brewers' recent dismal run.

In the night's other match, Peter Vincenti scored a 43rd minute winner for Aldershot at home to Bristol Rovers which keeps the north Hampshire side's outside hopes of making the play-offs alive.