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Steve Clarke reveals Jose Mourinho text message

West Brom boss Clarke reveals congratulatory text from Mourinho after flying start to season

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 27 November 2012

Old friends: Clarke (left) with Mourinho back in 2007

Old friends: Clarke (left) with Mourinho back in 2007

Jose Mourinho has sent West Brom head coach Steve Clarke a 'well done' message after the Baggies' record-breaking start to the season.

The Real Madrid boss, who worked with Clarke at Stamford Bridge, texted the Scot before the club's 4-2 victory over Sunderland.

West Brom's storming start to the campaign is their best since 1953 when they eventually finished second to Wolves – but at least partly made up for that by winning the FA Cup.

Mourinho remains in touch with his erstwhile colleague on a regular basis and Clarke said: 'He sent me a little text before the game at the weekend. It was a nice text and there were a few nice words in it, too.

'There were a few words of encouragement – he told me to keep it going.

'But it was a private text, so I'll keep the rest of it between myself and Jose.'

Clarke joked that he would have to keep his own counsel after he was teased at his press conference prior to Wednesday's trip to Swansea for failing to smile.

'I do believe there are camera shots with me smiling – but that's something I'm going to have to work on in future.'

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Ahead of the trip to south Wales, Boaz Myhill will continue in goal due to Ben Foster's absence. Jonas Olsson (calf) and Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) were due to have their fitness assessed on Tuesday.

The Baggies may be chasing their fifth straight victory but Clarke added: 'We are on a good run, we are in a good place but we are not even into December yet. There's still a long way to go. We can't get carried away.'

Lee Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on his phone

Ryder Cup hero Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on debut at Kempton

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 5 November 2012

Golfer Lee Westwood watched his Golden Hoof make a winning debut over hurdles at Kempton via his phone.

His manager Chubby Chandler, who part-owns the four-old-gelding trained by Nicky Henderson, said: ‘Lee’s out in Shanghai at the moment and was watching on his phone.

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

‘He (Golden Hoof) is a big baby. Nicky didn’t give us that much encouragement but everything turned out well. It’s terrific fun and we just enjoy the day out.’

Golden Hoof, sent off at 7-2, cruised through much of the race under jockey Andrew Tinkler before scooting clear to beat Rysbrack four and half lengths.

The big disappointment of the race was smart Flat performer Ransom Note who jumped sloppily throughout and eventually finished a well beaten seventh.

Luis Suarez is killing football, says Michael Kightly

Suarez is killing the beautiful game! Stoke winger Kightly joins queue to hammer Liverpool star

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 9 October 2012

Stoke winger Michael Kightly has accused Luis Suarez of ruining football.

Suarez has been heavily criticised for diving in an attempt to win a penalty in Sunday's 0-0 draw between Liverpool at the Potters at Anfield.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers leapt to the defence of his Uruguayan forward, claiming the vilification of the 25-year-old was wrong and unfair.

On the deck: Luis Suarez needed little encouragement to go down against Stoke

On the deck: Luis Suarez needed little encouragement to go down against Stoke

But Kightly continued the attack on Suarez by telling The Sentinel: 'When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he has broken his leg you do think “is he hurt” but nine times out of 10, he's not.

'It is something we are trying to get out of the game. Referees have to try to stamp down on it.

All for nothing: Suarez failed to fool referee Lee Mason at Anfield

All for nothing: Suarez failed to fool referee Lee Mason at Anfield

'There is a difference between winning a penalty and just diving.

'Sometimes players know a tackle is coming in and ride it and go down. That's good play, winning a penalty.

'But sometimes, when you just dive with no touch at all, that's not good for the game.'

Fed up: Stoke's Michael Kightly (right) has hit out at Suarez

Fed up: Stoke's Michael Kightly (right) has hit out at Suarez

World Twenty20 2012: Nasser Hussain – England must not slog or bust against Sri Lanka

This is not a game for slog or bust… England expects

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 30 September 2012

Where New Zealand were very orthodox, Sri Lanka will be the opposite with the ball.

Lasith Malinga will bowl everything at England except length while Ajantha Mendis is a devilishly difficult proposition in his home conditions, particularly against batsmen who haven’t faced him much before.

England must not rely on slog or bust. It’s so hard when you are not sure which way the ball is turning.

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Test at the top

England can take encouragement from the fact that Sri Lanka are a top-heavy team with the bat.

Tillekeratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are a fantastic top three. But if England can make early breakthroughs, particularly through the excellent Steven Finn, they have a brittle middle order.

The drop off to Jeevan Mendis is huge.

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Be prepared

England have played in front of small, quiet crowds up to now but that is about to change.

Pallekele will be a real cauldron and England must not be overwhelmed by the intensity of the occasion.

Come through this and it would stand them in good stead for the semi-finals.

John Terry quits England ahead of FA racism hearing

Terry quits England! Former captain accuses FA of making his position 'untenable' ahead of racism hearing

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UPDATED:

20:25 GMT, 23 September 2012

John Terry has retired from international football with immediate effect.

The Chelsea defender's FA hearing for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand takes place on Monday but – as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail – Terry has pre-empted the verdict by calling time on his 78-cap England career.

In a statement released on Sunday night Terry accused the FA of making his position 'untenable'.

Flashpoint: The John Terry and Anton Ferdinand racism case is due to reach its conclusion this week

Flashpoint: The John Terry and Anton Ferdinand racism case is due to reach its conclusion this week

'I am today announcing my retirement from international football,' the statement read.

'I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps.

'I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I've played with.

'I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career.

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement

'Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour.

'I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision.

'I want to wish Roy [Hodgson] and the team every success for the future.

'I am making this statement today in
advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the
FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a
court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

'I now look forward to playing for
Chelsea FC, and challenging for domestic and European honours, and I
want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support.'

Terry made his England debut back in 2003 and was twice stripped of the captaincy for off-field reasons.

The
31-year-old's decision leaves England manager Roy Hodgson with a
selection headache heading into next month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Snub: Ferdinand refuses to shake Terry's hand in the recent meeting between Chelsea and QPR

Snub: Ferdinand refuses to shake Terry's hand in the recent meeting between Chelsea and QPR

JOHN TERRY FACTFILE

1980: December 7 – born in London.

1998: October 28 – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa.

2001: September – One of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2002: Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup after the Football Association decide he should not be considered for international duty with England until the legal case is completed.

2003: June 3 – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro.

2006: August 10 – Chosen to replace David Beckham as England captain by head coach Steve McClaren.

2008: August 19 – Named as permanent captain of England by Fabio Capello.

2009: December 20 – Chelsea defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.

2010: January 29: Named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel – a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.

February 5 – Axed as England captain following a meeting with Capello.

2011: March 19 – Restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello.

October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.

December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.

2012: February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.

February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's match against QPR in October last year.

July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

Hull 46 Huddersfield 10: Jamie Foster reaches century of points

Hull 46 Huddersfield 10: Foster helps set up second round Wolves play-off clash

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 16 September 2012

Peter Gentle insisted his Hull team can reach Old Trafford and the Super League Grand Final after they demolished woeful Huddersfield.

On-loan winger Jamie Foster claimed 22 points from two tries and seven goals, but it was Hull’s defence that left the biggest impression.

Hull boss Gentle said: ‘I know what my players are capable of and when we play as a team we’re very good.

Easy: Hull were on top form to see off sorry Huddersfield

Easy: Hull were on top form to see off sorry Huddersfield

‘We’re not here to make up the numbers and we don’t consider ourselves to be a dark horse. We’re one of six teams left and there are now only three weeks to go.’

England winger Tom Briscoe collected an early double to give Hull a lead they never surrendered.

Huddersfield’s basic approach and a string of mishaps gave further encouragement to the hosts, who reached a 22-0 lead early in the second half when Foster claimed his brace. Liam Watts, Aaron Heremaia, Andy Lynch and Richard Horne scored Hull’s final tries, with Scott Grix and Eorl Crabtree touching down for the visitors.

Hull will travel to Warrington on Saturday, while Huddersfield’s year finished in such appalling style that coach Paul Anderson admitted his squad’s mental strength is well short.

Giants were top of the table after a third of the season, but just three wins from their last nine league games have highlighted their problems for a third successive year.

Anderson said: ‘We weren’t good enough. The most physical and aggressive team won.’

Sepp Blatter wants Japan to host women"s football and rugby

Go on! Blatter wants Japan to host both rugby and women's football World Cups in 2019

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 7 September 2012

Japan have been encouraged to bid for the 2019 women's World Cup, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeing no reason why the country can't stage the competition and the Rugby World Cup in the same year.

'Japan would be a good candidate,' Blatter said on Friday. 'They are a little bit afraid because they have the Rugby World Cup in the same year but the sports are totally different.'

The rugby World Cup will be played between September and October, and Blatter said Japan could hold the women's tournament beforehand.

Encouragement: Sepp Blatter (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Encouragement: Sepp Blatter (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Uzbekistan were originally scheduled to host the U20 tournament, but FIFA stripped the country of hosting rights because of 'logistical and technical issues' and Japan stepped in only six months before the start of the tournament.

Blatter said Japan's successful staging of the U20 tournament proves it would be a good host for the 2019 event.

'You have to play somewhere where women's football is established,' he explained. 'Otherwise, it will not be a big success.'

Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. Canada will host the 2015 tournament.

London 2012 Paralympics: Great Britain win boccia bronze

Final flourish for Murray as GB mixed team secure boccia bronze at ExCel

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UPDATED:

12:36 GMT, 4 September 2012

Nigel Murray ensured he would end his final Paralympics with a medal after Great Britain's mixed BC1-2 team secured boccia bronze at the ExCel.

The 48-year-old is Britain's most successful boccia player ever, having taken two golds and a silver since making his Games debut in Sydney 12 years ago.

Murray came into his fourth Paralympics
much fancied to add to that haul, but saw hopes of retaining the BC1-2
gold won in Beijing ended after a heavy 18-1 semi-final defeat to
Thailand.

Bronze age: Daniel Bentley, Nigel Murray, David Smith and Zoe Robinson of Great Britain celebrate their medal

Bronze age: Daniel Bentley, Nigel Murray, David Smith and Zoe Robinson of Great Britain celebrate their medal

However, the team of Murray, Daniel Bentley, Zoe Robinson and David Smith picked themselves up brilliantly and beat Portugal 7-5 to secure bronze in front of a noisy home crowd at the ExCel.

'We are just elated we have won,'
Murray said. 'We put the disappointment of yesterday behind us and the
way we played. It took some time to get over as it was so out of
character for us.

'We knew that today was just another day and we saw this as a our gold medal match, really.

'We played Portugal, who we played
four years ago in the final in Beijing and it seemed quite apt really
that we should play them again. It felt like a bit of a bit of a football match out there with the crowd getting behind us.

'To be honest, we wanted the crowd to
be that extra person for us and give us that little bit of
encouragement because as a group of players we thrive on it.'

One of those supporters in the crowd was Prince Edward, who went to congratulate the players as they came off the court.

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

'Prince Edward has seen us play before and he is a bit of a lucky omen for us,' Murray said. 'He saw us win in Beijing four years ago so it is just perhaps a shame he wasn't here yesterday for the Thailand game.

'It is fantastic that he has taken time from such a busy schedule to come along and to see us play.'

All four members of the team now turn their attention to the individual competitions that kick off tomorrow, with Murray hoping for more success in the BC2 – a competition he won in Sydney and took silver in four years ago.

'We all have high hopes and it would be lovely to get another medal,' he added. 'I am greedy, I want to play in front of this crowd again and hopefully get on the podium once more.'

Great Britain had come into the morning session with hopes of winning two bronze medals, although brothers Stephen and Peter McGuire just fell short against Canada.

Flying solo: The GB members will now fight for individual honours

Flying solo: The GB members will now fight for individual honours

The Bellshill duo have impressed on their Paralympic debuts and, having just lost out to the Brazilian world number ones yesterday, fell to a 8-2 defeat to Marco Dispaltro and Josh vander Vies for a place on the mixed BC4 pairs podium.

While disappointed with the result, the fact they even made it to the final four was impressive as Peter only returned from hospital an hour before yesterday's quarter-final clash with Thailand.

'Two nights ago I didn't think I would compete because I was in hospital,' he said. 'They took me out the village.

'They pumped me full of antibiotics and I am just glad to be back here. There is a mix of emotions now, though. I am just glad to be back playing. We've got individuals to go for now and that is what we have go to push for.'

PSG to hijack Manchester United"s bid for Lucas Moura

PSG poised to hijack United's 30m bid for Brazil ace Moura

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 6 August 2012

Wanted: United are interested in Moura

Wanted: United are interested in Moura

Paris Saint-Germain have launched a last-minute bid to hijack Lucas Moura's move to Manchester United.

Reports in Brazil claim the Sao Paulo playmaker has virtually agreed to join the rich French club on a five-year deal.

The 19-year-old's agent Wagner Ribeiro held talks with PSG's sporting director Leonardo last week and watched their friendly against Barcelona before reporting back to Lucas.

United had been confident that their
pursuit was coming to an end after receiving encouragement that their
30million bid would finally be accepted.

The Old Trafford club had even
prepared the ground for Lucas to have a medical over the weekend, but
the Brazil national team insist they will not release him until the end
of their participation in the Olympic football tournament.

But it is understood that PSG, owned
by rich Qataris, are prepared to offer a better fee and terms for one of
South America's hottest prospects.

And authoritative Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte also claim that Lucas is reluctant to move to Manchester.

Agent Ribeiro also represents Robinho who has told the teenager that the northern English city is boring.

The Open 2012: Slow play will cost golfers a shot

Get a move on! Slow play will cost you a shot, Open stars told

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 18 July 2012

Golfers guilty of slow play could face penalty strokes, organisers of the Open Championship warned on Wednesday.

That was the stark message given to Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and the rest of the field ahead of today’s opening round at Royal Lytham.

The R&A are determined to crack down on the sport’s slowcoaches and their warning came in the wake of Englishman Ross Fisher incurring a one-stroke penalty for slow play in the Wales Open last month.

At risk: Padraig Harrington could be caught out

At risk: Padraig Harrington could be caught out

Among the players who could be at risk from the new get-tough policy at Lytham are Padraig Harrington, a two-time Open champion, and Americans Kevin Na and Keegan Bradley.

Jim McArthur, chairman of the championship committee, said: ‘We have a pace‑of‑play policy which we intend to apply stringently. This year we are putting slow play as a priority.

‘We would have no hesitation if we felt the players were over time to take the appropriate action, although we’ve obviously got to take into account the weather conditions and other mitigating circumstances.

‘We give each group a time schedule for each hole and we monitor that very stringently. If a group is out of position with the game in front or over the time schedule, we start with words of encouragement to communicate with them and tell them that they are over the schedule or out of position.

Hurry: Kevin Na must also watch his timings

Hurry: Kevin Na must also watch his timings

‘Thereafter, if they don’t respond to that, we then put them on to the clock and deal with them that way. A second “bad time”, as the terminology goes, would precipitate the one-stroke penalty.’

The R&A are looking for three-ball groups to complete their rounds in four-and-a-half hours both today and tomorrow and for two-balls to take no more than three hours 45 minutes at the weekend.

They are anxious to make a wider impact in the game by eradicating the curse of slow play.

McArthur said: ‘Maybe not so much at professional golf but certainly amateur golf, slow play is, in some ways, if not killing the game, killing the club membership because of the time it takes to play.

Warning: Jim McArthur talked the talk

Warning: Jim McArthur talked the talk

‘It needs to be a concerted effort, not just the R&A, not just the Tours, but the golf unions and other golf organisations too.’

It has to be said that none of the R&A hierarchy yesterday could recall an occasion when a player has been penalised a stroke during an Open — despite rounds frequently taking more than five hours.

It is also 17 years since anyone was pulled up for slow play in the United States, when the suitably named Glen ‘All’ Day crawled to a penalty in the third round of the Honda Classic.