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Mo Farah is asked by US presenter LaTonya Norton if he has run before after New Orleans half marathon – VIDEO

VIDEO: Have you run before, Mo US TV presenter asks Olympic hero Farah if New Orleans half marathon was his debut

Olympic champion over 5,000 metres and 10,000m, asked her to repeat the question and then answered tactfully: ‘It’s not my first time. I have done a half marathon before but it’s my first time in New Orleans.’

Sunday’s race was Farah’s second outing over 13.1 miles following his debut in New York in 2011. The Briton will run half the Virgin London Marathon in April and then attempt his first race over 26.2 miles in the capital next year.

VIDEO: Mo Farah is asked an awkward question by a US presenter

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No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

Stewart leaves British athletics under a cloud after coaching Mo Farah to gold

Stewart leaves British athletics under a cloud after coaching Farah to gold

Stewart was described by UKA as ‘a
vital cog in the machinery of British athletics for more than 20 years,
most notably as meeting director for the successful televised series
where Britain has built a reputation for hosting the best meetings in
the world, both indoors and outdoors’.

De Vos said last night: ‘Ian leaves us in great shape to take these events from strength to strength.

‘I’d like to thank him for his work and wish him well in his future career.’

Stewart was one of the world’s leading
distance runners during the late 1960s and mid-1970s. He won a 5,000m
bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, adding to the European gold
he had captured three years earlier in Athens.

Superstars TV review – Mark Webster

Return of Superstars delivered what we wanted: sporting heroes outside their comfort zones

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 31 December 2012

Ah, telly's golden years. When gangs of formation dancers you didn't know in DIY costumes waltzed their way around Come Dancing, before it went Strictly.

This was a good thing, of course. Because it meant there was absolutely no good reason to watch it. Then came the celebrity version, though, and a sudden, compelling desire to see Ramp's rumba, Audley's jive and, of course, the victorious Louis Smith's cha cha cha.

There was once a show, however, that Louis might have won without the need to slip into a skintight satin onesie. While still giving us the joy of what we really want – seeing our sporting heroes outside of their comfort zones.

Up a creek: Farah has many talents - kayaking is not one of them

Up a creek: Farah has many talents – kayaking is not one of them

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Superstars was the light entertainment show for real men that once delivered that.

Inspirational theme tune, cool logo, a genuine desire to win and short shorts – REALLY short shorts. On Saturday, the 2012 version turned up on prime time BBC1.

Thus providing us with the opportunity to not only get all nostalgic about the fun old format, but also enjoy the sight of a group of our brand new Olympians back where they belong, in the spotlight.

Not that the opening shots of Gabby Logan wandering around a market in Bath exactly set the pulse racing for what was about to come. It struck me the show opener would have been the ideal opportunity to really remind people of what Superstars was all about.

We did eventually get to see Kevin Keegan famously come a cropper on his bike and former judoka Brian Jacks owning the gym. Yet these clips were fleeting. Surely a few more trips down memory lane would have sat well

And surely a chance was missed to have some old competitors on hand to set up the show, wax nostalgic and mix with the next generation

That aside, once the events did get under way and you saw Anthony Joshua genuinely delighted he'd triumphed in the opening event, the sprint, you knew that old spirit was back.

Because the thing is of course, we normally only get to see these people in their natural environments, in competition. That is the duck gliding gracefully across the water.

As I alluded to earlier, Superstars is the flippers flapping frantically below the surface. Just like the endless days of hard training each of these competitors endure in their professional lives are. All blood, sweat and tears, but also good friendly, competitive fun. And that is what we grew to love on Superstars.

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Thankfully, that sense of camaraderie and competition was brought to life by Iwan Thomas, who as an experienced TV presenter and former athlete, knew just the right buttons to push as he interviewed the eight women and eight men going for the titles, throughout the show.

While a sense of gravitas was added on commentary by the always measured, authoritative tones of Paul Dickenson. If this man were a station announcer, he could make the delayed 11.20 from Hounslow sound like a Murder On The Orient Express.

Of course what this was really all about though was a great bunch of people warming the cockles of our hearts, which they all managed in abundance.

For me, there were plenty of highlights throughout the two days, and ninety TV minutes of competition. Watching the Brownlee brothers having their own little sibling battle was great fun.

Alistair couldn't have looked more delighted when brother Jonny flipped his kayak in the pool, and both impressed in a nip and tuck one, two in the 800 metres.

But, holy mackerel, they can’t throw!

Rebecca Adlington was on hand to coach them all in the swimming event, during which Jade Jones left the blocks just as her mentor might. However, a split second later, she entered the water like Tom Daley from the 10 metre board!

I bet she couldn’t do that twice.

Elsewhere, Christine Ohuruogu nearly had someone's eye out during the archery while Mo Farah managed a magnificent 'spider' – archer speak for a dead bullseye.

On you r bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan

On your bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan (above) with Jackie Stewart, Barry John, and Tony Jacklin (below)

On your bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan (above) with Jackie Stewart, Barry John, and Tony Jacklin (below)

However, what proved just as unequivocal a little later…Mo don’t row!

proved a more than worthy platform.

Sprint finish: Credit to those involved - they served up a rare treat

Sprint finish: Credit to those involved – they served up a rare treat

Nick Harris Mo Farah can push TV Superstars to a longer run

Farah and Co can push TV Superstars to a longer run

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22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 22 December 2012

The BBC hope their festive Olympic
Superstars show will lead to a longer-term revival of the hit programme
of the 1970s and 1980s – although one of the London 2012 athletes who
features in the Christmas special jokes that he will be hiding in
embarrassment when it is screened.

Superstars became a family favourite
as top sportsmen from Formula One's James Hunt to judo star Brian Jacks
took part and through famous moments such as Kevin Keegan crashing his
bike.

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

The Olympic special, to be screened next
Saturday evening, pits 16 heroes from London 2012 against each other –
from double gold-winning runner Mo Farah to boxing's Nicola Adams and
Anthony Joshua, triathlon's Brownlee brothers, rower Kath Grainger and
equestrian pin-up Laura Bechtolsheimer among others.

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Peter Wilson, who won shooting gold in
the double trap, said: 'Once it's screened, I'm never going to live down
how bad I was! I'll probably buy myself a one-way ticket to Timbuktu to
avoid the embarrassment.'

Wilson says that for 'must watch TV', fans should tune in for the kayak head-to-head between himself and Farah.

'The two worst kayakers against each other,' he said.

'I went out like a dingbat and ended up against the wall and Mo went the wrong way, about 18 times, then capsized.'

In other events, Wilson reveals, 'me and the javelin did not see eye to eye and the 800 metres was so tough it felt like my lungs were bleeding. My sport is all about standing still and I was up against these supreme athletes like the Brownlees, Robbie Grabarz and Anthony Joshua.'

The BBC paid the competitors undisclosed fees for taking part. 'But it wasn't about the money, it was great fun to do, even if it won't be for me to watch it,' said Wilson.

The show's main presenter, Gabby Logan, confirmed that the BBC want further shows.

'Hopefully, we're trying to do another one so we want contestants to tell their friends that they all had a great time and keep the calibre of the guests really high profile,' she said.

'This will stand the show in good stead to hopefully re-establish Superstars again. I think it would be great to mix Olympians up with other sportspeople – rugby, footballers and cricketers. That would be the nub of it.'

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Hester still a seller

Olympic dressage gold medallist Carl Hester is still hopeful of selling wonder horse Valegro, despite dismissing reports that a Saudi prince wanted to buy the gelding for 20million as 'complete and utter fantasy'.

Hester joked that he 'spotted a few billionaires' watching as Charlotte Dujardin triumphed again on Valegro at Olympia last week.

He says he remains hopeful of 'developments in the New Year' and would be open to British investors securing the horse for Dujardin, who won two gold medals on him at London 2012, to ride towards Rio in four years' time.

Leeds fans urge new owners to reveal details of 17m takeover

Leeds United supporters have greeted the takeover of their club by the Dubaibased GFH Capital with cautious optimism but say they want more details about the new owners' finances, background and plans.

GFHC now own 100 per cent of Leeds in a takeover that sources say cost 17million up front to buy out chairman Ken Bates and other shareholders, and will cost a further 17m when Leeds win promotion. GFHC and Leeds have declined to confirm any financial details.

Bates was unpopular with some fans but will remain as chairman until the end of this season and then become president.

Neither GFHC nor Leeds have said whether he will be paid for those roles.

End of an era: Ken Bates

End of an era: Ken Bates

Dan Moylan, of the Square Ball fanzine, said: 'On the one hand I'm happy because, to all intents and purposes, it's the end of Ken Bates's tenure and the new owners are saying all the right things. On the other hand we now need the new owners to flesh out their plans with hard detail and tell us what the plan is in a year, two years, three years. They say they want Leeds to be sustainable. How will that happen'

The takeover does not include GFHC buying Leeds's Elland Road stadium or the Thorp Arch training ground, both of which are owned by unknown parties through an offshore firm in the Caribbean.

John Boocock, founder of the Leeds List group, the oldest online community of Leeds fans, which started in 1996, said: 'We want to know where the cash to buy the club came from, why the company that controls the club will not be registered in Britain where we can examine the accounts, but in the Cayman Islands, and what money precisely will be available in January.

'We weren't too impressed by the claim that the squad is good enough when we get players back from injury.'

Gary Cooper, head of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, said: 'The new owners did well in saying they want to work with the fans and the community and a lot of the supporter base will buy into that.

'We're led to believe we'll get the chance soon to meet the owners and we hope we will be able to get answers to all our outstanding questions.'

Asked for further details about the GFHC takeover, a Leeds spokesman told Inside Sport: 'The new owners answered all the questions they were asked at their press conference and won't be answering any more.'

SPOTY 2012: Andy Murray should have won, not Bradley Wiggins

If it's really about sport, Murray should have prevailed over Wiggins

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 17 December 2012

You could easily have made a case for half a dozen different winners. And that’s just among those who didn’t make the top 12.

It is inevitable, then, that last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year victory for Bradley Wiggins will not represent the end of the debate.

Ah, how glorious it is to argue over which of Britain’s multi-talented, honour-laden, phenomenally successful sporting ambassadors should be named first among equals in a public poll.

At last: Andy Murray won the US Open to end years 76 years of hurt

At last: Andy Murray won the US Open to end years 76 years of hurt

Murray's mint

Martin Samuel also felt the Scot should have won last night

Anyone who knows athletics understands how impossible it should have been for Mo Farah to do the distance double. Or how about Jess Ennis, THE face of London 2012, having missed Beijing through injury

Chris Hoy, Britain’s greatest ever Olympian. The Paralympians who changed attitudes about disability in Britain — and beyond. All held a claim on the crown.

But, if it’s really about the sport, the prize should have gone to Andy Murray. Put bluntly, he didn’t just succeed when it mattered — he also triumphed with the weight of history on his shoulders.

Winner: Bradley Wiggins was crowned Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Bradley Wiggins was crowned Sports Personality of the Year

That is not something you could say about even Wiggins, as remarkable achievement it was being the first British winner of the Tour de France.

While that historic victory will stand for the ages, it is not as if Wiggo has had to deal with years and years of endless questioning over when one of ‘our boys’ might finally end the wait for a Continent-conquering road warrior to emerge.

As much as we all celebrated the win by a fantastic athlete and all-round geezer, if he had finished runner-up or even ninth, the nation would have shrugged and moved on.

Recognised: Murray came third and was presented the trophy by Lennox Lewis

Recognised: Murray came third and was presented the trophy by Lennox Lewis

Murray Every time he has ‘squandered’ a Grand Slam opportunity, the wailing and gnashing of teeth has been heard around the world. Oh, how could that serial Scottish loser possibly let Britain down again He alone had lived with the ghost of Fred Perry, British angst, 1936 and all that.

And he’d failed in four Slam finals. No one had ever lost their first five. No other nominee can understand what it’s like to have lived under that kind of expectation for more than just a couple of weeks during one glorious sporting summer.

Let the debate continue, then. Enjoy it. We may never get the chance to argue like this again.

Sports Personality winner Bradley Wiggins hails extraordinary year of British achievement

'It was THE year to be British, wasn't it' Wiggins hails unforgettable 2012 as he collects Sports Personality award

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UPDATED:

00:15 GMT, 17 December 2012

Bradley Wiggins thanked his nan, Maureen Cousins, for voting for him so many times as he picked up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 16,000-strong crowd chanted ‘Wiggo’ as the 32-year-old seven-time Olympic medallist collected his award last night at the ExCeL in east London. But the cyclist thought he had missed out when Jessica Ennis was announced as the runner-up.

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah did not make the top three in an astonishing year for British sport.

Popular champion: Bradley Wiggins was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2012 at a glittering ceremony in East London

Popular champion: Bradley Wiggins was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2012 at a glittering ceremony in East London

Wiggins said: ‘Thank you very much to
everyone who picked the phone up and voted. We’ve had all that jungle
stuff (I’m a Celebrity) and the X Factor so for people to pick up and
vote is phenomenal. To my nan, the cheque’s in the post because you
pressed redial so many times.

‘What a year. It was the year to be
British, wasn’t it When they mentioned Mo I thought: “Oh God, I’m not
even in the top three.” To stand on the stage with the likes of these
people next to me, it’s incredible. If I stood here as the only gold
medallist it would mean nothing.

‘I’d like to thank my team-mates
because I wouldn’t be here without them. Cycling is a team sport and I
couldn’t have done it without the team behind me.

‘We’re just the athletes. That sounds really demeaning but there is an incredible team of people behind every one of us.’

Winner: Wiggins was presented with his accolade by David Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge

Winner: Wiggins was presented with his accolade by David Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge

Sky procycling team rider Bradley Wiggins of Britain celebrates his overall victory on the podium

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrates after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling

Extraordinary achievements: Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France (left) and then took gold in the Olympic time trial in London

Lord Coe was introduced by David
Beckham as the ‘man that has run the Olympics and won the Olympics’ as
he picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The double Olympic 1500
metres gold medallist and chairman of the London 2012 organising
committee received his trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge.

Lord Coe said: ‘I’m so honoured to be
the recipient of this award tonight. I’m also incredibly lucky. For the
larger part of my life I’ve woken up knowing sport is going to shape
that day.

‘Thanks to the extraordinary athletes
we’ve celebrated tonight, who made this year what it has been. Thanks to
the millions of people the length and breadth of the country, whose
generosity of spirit made this Games what they were and, of course,
thanks to our Games makers.Nobody could have done this alone. It has
been an extraordinary night for me — I could never forget it.’

Sir Roger Bannister presented the
Team of the Year award to Victoria Pendleton, who received it on behalf
of Team GB and Paralympics GB, who won a record 185 medals at London
2012.

Delivering the Games: Lord Coe was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award after organising the London Olympics

Delivering the Games: Lord Coe was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award after organising the London Olympics

Dave Brailsford, the performance
director of British cycling, beat Ennis’s coach, Toni Minichiello, and
rowing coach Paul Thompson to be Coach of the Year. Brailsford, said:
‘It’s a huge privilege to win this because it was a fantastic summer of
sport. There is a great team behind me at British Cycling and Team
Sky.

‘They did a brilliant job. Our opponents thought our wheels were rounder than theirs.

‘It’s great because everyone sniggered when we said we would win the Tour de France in five years with a clean British rider.’

Our Greatest Team: Victoria Pendleton (centre) and Jonnie Peacock (right) received the Team of the Year award from Sir Roger Bannister on behalf of Team GB and Paralympics GB

Our Greatest Team: Victoria Pendleton (centre) and Jonnie Peacock (right) received the Team of the Year award from Sir Roger Bannister on behalf of Team GB and Paralympics GB

Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig, 15,
Britain’s youngest 2012 gold medal winner, was the BBC Young Sports
Personality of the Year.

Fabrice Muamba, who suffered an
on-pitch cardiac arrest during Bolton’s game at Tottenham in March,
presented the BBC Sport Unsung Hero Award to husband and wife team Sue
and Jim Houghton.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard caught up in anti-Israel riddle – Charles Sale

Chelsea forward Hazard the victim of anti-Israel riddle

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 10 December 2012

Chelsea, whose season has been overshadowed by the John Terry and Mark Clattenburg racism issues, have been caught up in another sensitive controversy involving Eden Hazard's political views.

The Belgium forward was alleged to have put his signature to a statement signed by 62 footballers protesting against Israel hosting the European Under 21 Championship next year.

The pro-Palestine petition claims Israel staging the tournament following their military offensive in Gaza will be 'seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values'.

Accusation: Hazard was alleged to have put his name to a statement signed by 62 footballers

Accusation: Hazard was alleged to have put his name to a statement signed by 62 footballers

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Hazard's believed involvement in the protest led to 81 of Chelsea's Jewish supporters, including a number of high-profile lawyers, putting their names on an email to the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay outlining their concern.

The letter, copied to FA chairman David Bernstein, said it was inappropriate for Hazard to use his platform as a Chelsea footballer to air such sensitive political opinions and that he should apologise for the offence caused to some of the club's supporters.

However, it emerged yesterday that Hazard had not contributed to the petition. His agent John Bico said: 'Eden never speaks about his political opinions and he certainly never signed anything.'

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba had earlier strongly denied endorsing UEFA stripping Israel of the tournament.

Drogba had been one of the marquee players listed along with Hazard as having done so on the website of former Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute.

Strange choice of words

Considering the FA have always been so concerned about leaks coming out of Wembley, the wording of the advertisement for the new independent chairman to replace David Bernstein is surprising.

It states that the appointee is expected to be an ambassador for the FA and football, ensuring the organisation promotes exemplary corporate governance and 'transparency'.

Crerand set for 5 Live stay

BBC 5 Live intend to keep using football pundit Paddy Crerand, a former Manchester United player and enthusiastic flag-waver for the club, as an occasional contributor despite his astonishing rant on the breakfast show yesterday.

Anger: Former United star Crerand lost his temper on BBC 5 Live

Anger: Former United star Crerand lost his temper on BBC 5 Live

Crerand lost his temper at being asked about players celebrating in front of opposition fans. BBC 5 Live say they have no issue with the way the emotional Crerand expressed his views.

Henderson all smiles

Top racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson was in celebratory mode even before Sprinter Sacre's hugely impressive victory in Sandown's Tingle Creek Chase.

Henderson poured himself a large glass of red wine in the royal box at Sandown even as the six-year-old cantered to the start of the two-mile chase.

Celebration: Henderson poured himself a large glass of red in the royal box

Celebration: Henderson poured himself a large glass of red in the royal box

There was relief at the Jockey Club, meanwhile, after two races over the modified Grand National fences at Aintree saw no casualties.

The racecourse owners are looking for a 2million-a-year sponsor of the National to replace John Smith's, with the last resort being a bookmaker partner. Any deaths over the Liverpool jumps at the weekend would have made that very difficult to attain.

Usmanov foiled again

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov, ridiculously, may not be able to gain a seat on the board despite his 29.9 per cent holding.

But he has just been re-elected as president of the International Fencing Federation for another four years. Billionaire Usmanov's fencing objectives for his second term include 'provision of financial support to current sportspeople', which is exactly what a lot of Arsenal fans would like him to have the opportunity to do at the Emirates Stadium.

Talks in place over FFP

An extra Premier League chairmen's meeting has been arranged for next Tuesday in the hope of agreeing a strategy regarding financial fair-play regulations before the January transfer window.

However, such is the gulf between Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Sunderland – who are strongly in favour of FFP – and Manchester City, West Brom, Fulham and Aston Villa, who are just as adamantly opposed, that gaining the required support of 14 clubs before Christmas is unlikely.

Mo Farah wants to run London Marathon in 2014

Olympic hero Farah on track to become marathon man in London

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Mo Farah wants to make his marathon debut on the streets of London – but only after he has won more track gold at next year’s world championships.

The double Olympic champion has outlined a plan to race the 5,000m and 10,000m in Moscow next August before a likely switch to road running for the London Marathon in April 2014.

The 29-year-old, who has seen plenty of sleepless nights in recent weeks after the birth of his twin daughters Amani and Aisha, pulled out of the Great North Run last month through fatigue but said he will soon start training once more.

Marathon man: Farah appears at a London school on Monday

Marathon man: Farah appears at a London school on Monday

‘I’ve had a couple of weeks off and now I’m hopefully going to get back into it slowly,’ he said. ‘I’ll go back to America to do the training. We’ll have to apply for the passports for the kids and go through the whole VISAs thing.

‘I’d like to see myself go through from Olympic champion to world champion to longer distances – and see what I can do for the marathon.

‘It’s a different pain. I’ve done a 20 mile run and that’s tough. The speed the guys run you need to be training, training. Alberto (Salazar) knows what he’s doing. He’s known as a marathon coach so hopefully he’ll get me through.

‘I’ll think about the track for the world championships and then at the back of my mind I’ll know when I’ll do a marathon.

Mobot: Farah makes a guest appearance at Harlequins v Saracens on Sunday

Mobot: Farah makes a guest appearance at Harlequins v Saracens on Sunday

‘I’d like to do London, that would be the first one, because you run in front of 80,000 people in the stadium and if I was running on the streets of London it would be great support. It would motivate me more than anything else.

‘As a kid I did the mini-marathon so it would be rude not to do the full marathon. We’re not going to step yet, we’re still going to do the track.’

Farah, speaking at the publication of the 'Move It' report which encourages young people to participate in sport, said he feels he can dominate long-distance running in the way Kenenisa Bekele has done for Ethiopia ‘as long as I stay motivated and hungry as I can. That’s what great athletes do.’

He added that he sees his long-term future in England – as he would miss the football too much by staying in Portland, Oregon, where he currently lives.

Ryder Cup 2012: Justin Rose wants summer of sporting success to continue

Our golden chance: Now it's our turn to keep the feelgood factor going, says Rose

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 27 September 2012

Justin Rose has urged world No 1 Rory McIlroy and the rest of his European Ryder Cup team-mates to use the great British sporting summer as their inspiration to win the trophy.

The Englishman was so transfixed by events at the London Olympics that he almost pulled out of a prestigious event in America at the same time to attend.

He said: 'It did cross my mind because you could see what an amazing experience it must have been to be in the stadium on the nights when Mo Farah was winning and all those golds were coming in.

Lets keep it going: Justin Rose wants Europe's Ryder Cup team to build on the success of Great Britain's summer of sport

Lets keep it going: Justin Rose wants Europe's Ryder Cup team to build on the success of Great Britain's summer of sport

‘Then we had Andy Murray win the US Open
to maintain the feelgood factor in brilliant style. Now it’s our turn.
Let’s hope we can keep it going. We all feel that.’

Rose was one of the few bright spots for Europe in the last Ryder Cup staged in America, at Valhalla in 2008, teaming up with pal Ian Poulter to win two points before defeating Phil Mickelson in the singles. ‘I had a fantastic time but now I want to be on a winning team,’ he said.

Europe face a US side who have won just one of the last five contests with superstars like Tiger Woods and Mickelson desperate to improve their poor records.

They also have the Masters champion Bubba Watson, who commendably took Poulter’s contentious remark that he wanted to ‘kill Americans in the Ryder Cup’ in the spirit in which it was intended.

It's up to us: Rory McIlroy is one of the key players for Europe

It's up to us: Rory McIlroy is one of the key players for Europe

Watson said: ‘I understand where Poults is coming from. I love watching his passion. As a fan myself of watching the game, I think he’s great for golf.

He’s not disrespecting us. He’s just trying to tell you how much he wants to win that trophy.’

Europe’s Paul Lawrie revealed that captain Jose Maria Olazabal had become emotional at a meeting on Wednesday, especially with references to Seve Ballesteros that affected all those present. Lawrie said: ‘Ollie spoke about Seve and what it was like to play with him, how Seve had phoned him to play an exhibition match when he was 16.

Time to shine: European fans cheer the Europe team on stage during the Opening Ceremony for the 39th Ryder Cup

Time to shine: European fans cheer the Europe team on stage during the Opening Ceremony for the 39th Ryder Cup

‘Everything Olazabal does on the course, every time he speaks to you, you just want to do well for the man. When someone like that sends out a message wanting you to give your all then a lot of the boys get a wee bit emotional too, and that’s brilliant.’

US captain Davis Love and Watson have also admitted weeping this week — suggesting there could be floods of tears when the highly-charged event ends on Sunday.

"Coach of coaches" Tyler to be given key UK Athletics post following Charles Van Commenee

'Coach of coaches' Tyler to be given key UK Athletics post after Van Commenee departure

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New role: Kevin Tyler (top), UK Athletics' Head of Coaching, is expected to have a key post in a reshuffle following the resignation of Charles Van Commenee (middle)

New role: Kevin Tyler (top), UK Athletics' Head of Coaching, is expected to have a key post in a reshuffle following the resignation of Charles Van Commenee (middle)

Canadian Kevin Tyler is expected to be given a key role when UK Athletics announce their new team to take over from head coach Charles van Commenee on Thursday.

The governing body are set to unveil a new structure that will differ from the current set-up under the Dutchman, who is stepping down in December.

Tyler, who has been UK Athletics' strategic head of coaching and development since 2008, has built a reputation as a 'coach of coaches' and worked closely with Van Commenee.

When he was appointed, UKA chief executive Niels de Vos described Tyler as 'an outstanding coach', adding: 'His real reputation is as a coach of coaches who makes things happen.'

Van Commenee confirmed on Tuesday he will step down as head coach, sticking to his promise to move on if the British track and field team failed to meet his own target of eight medals at the London Olympics.

British athletes won six medals in London, two short of the target, and although four were golds – two for Mo Farah plus Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford – Van Commenee has stuck to his word.

De Vos said UKA had been planning for life without Van Commenee for some time because they were always aware of the possibility he would leave after the Olympics.