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John McCririck released from hospital

McCririck released from hospital with wife claiming Channel 4 axe caused illness

By
Rod Minchin

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 15 March 2013

Veteran racing pundit John McCririck will have to watch today's Cheltenham Gold Cup race on television after being released from hospital.

McCririck, 72, known for his distinctive sideburns and deerstalker hat, is convalescing at home after being detained in Cheltenham General Hospital.

He complained of feeling unwell during the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

The former Channel 4 pundit had said earlier this week that he planned on returning to Prestbury Park to watch the highlight of the four-day National Hunt festival.

But after being released from hospital he has returned home to recover.

Mr McCririck's agent Patsy Martin said today: 'John is resting today.

'He is not going racing today and the next race meeting he will be attending will be Doncaster on Saturday week.'

John McCririck.

Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - 4th Day John McCririck English Horse Racing Pundit at Ascot

Larger than life: But McCririck was taken ill, with wife Jenny blaming the stress of his Channel 4 dismissal

In January Channel 4 dropped McCririck from its racing coverage when it unveiled its new presenting team, headed by Clare Balding.

McCririck announced he was to sue the broadcaster for 3million, claiming it axed him from its racing coverage because he was too old.

His wife Jenny told the Daily Mirror she believed the stress from a continuing disagreement with his former employer caused his illness.

Mrs McCririck told the newspaper: 'Look at the stress from Channel 4. He was perfectly OK, he had a check-up two weeks ago, but Channel 4 have done this to him.'

Some of John McCririck's memorable moments from Channel 4 Racing

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Kazakhstan corner on waterlogged football pitch – VIDEO

VIDEO: Floody hell! No wonder this player gets that sinking feeling when he doesn't get past the first man from a corner…

By
Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED:

13:06 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 7 March 2013

Disgruntled footballers have been known to blame the state of the pitch for a bad result.

But if these players in the Kazakhstani league were to put in a complaint it would probably be justified – after all taking a corner kick on a submerged football pitch is tricky work.

In a comical video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the corner in what resembles the middle of a lake.

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Water joke: The taker could be forgiven for not beating the first man with this corner

Water joke: The taker could be forgiven for not beating the first man with this corner

When he tries to throw it
to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away, he is ordered by the referee to replace it in the corner.

His team-mate comes over and the pair then improvise to try to get the ball in the box.

The corner taker, wearing No 10, kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by No 22 and kicked on to the pitch.

Comical clip: In a video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the kick at the corner of the pitch

Comical clip: In a video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the kick at the corner of the pitch

Easier kick: The footballer tries to throw it to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away

Easier kick: The footballer tries to throw it to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away

Handiwork: The player wearing a number 10 shirt, then engages in some impressive moves - he kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by his tea mate and kicked on to the pitch

Handiwork: The player wearing a number 10 shirt, then engages in some impressive moves – he kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by his team mate and kicked on to the pitch

But the water reprieve does not last long – the ball is then kicked straight back into the water.

In the background a clean-up crew can be seen pumping water out of the water-logged pitch.

Some users who watched the video commented the game should have been called off as the referee was not unable to see the pitch markings.

Flooded. THE most ridiculous corner kick EVER

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League two team Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local supporters as attendance numbers drop

League Two side Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local fans

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:24 GMT, 7 January 2013

The economic climate has left some small football clubs in such dire need of support that they are having to offer free tickets to the locals.

League two side Morecambe have suffered low attendance rates all season, and are now allowing any supporters free entry to their tie with Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

‘It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere,’ club boss Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

Struggling: Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

‘If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers.’

‘The situation that the club’s in is not ideal,’ said Bentley of the lack of funding that’s left him unable to search out additions to the squad.

‘Everyone’s feeling the pinch and attendances haven’t been what we predicted.

‘We’re not in a position to go out and get players. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’ve got a squad that will give their all.

‘It will be great if we can get a good number (of fans) in and, as I say, they can come back as paying customers. It’s the town’s football club and we need more and more people to back it.’

The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to being the least supported team in the League. The highest it’s reached this year has been 3, 635 for their draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day.

Those in attendance have had little to cheer for so far, with Morecambe currently sitting at 19th in the table.

Brighton 1 Watford 3 – match report

Brighton 1 Watford 3: Vydra brace sinks Seagulls on south coast

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 29 December 2012

Matej Vydra scored twice as Watford cemented their place in the npower Championship play-off places with an impressive win at Brighton.

The Czech striker took his tally for the season to 12 goals with two in the space of two second-half minutes to shoot down the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet was going head-to-head with his old Chelsea team-mate, Watford chief Gianfranco Zola, but a dour first half in the pouring rain left both sets of fans feeling the Blues.

Star: Vydra's brace earned three points for Watford on the south coast

Star: Vydra's brace earned three points for Watford on the south coast

Match facts

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Crofts (Hoskins 75), Orlandi (Barnes 59), Bridcutt, Mackail-Smith, David Lopez (Dobbie 75), LuaLua.

Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Hammond, Dunk, Dicker.

Booked: El-Abd.

Goals: David Lopez 65 pen.

Watford: Almunia, Hall (Neuton 42), Pudil, Hoban, Ekstrand, Chalobah, Hogg, Anya (Mujangi Bia 73), Abdi (Battocchio 80), Vydra, Deeney.

Subs Not Used: Bond, Yeates, Geijo, Forestieri.

Booked: Abdi, Mujangi Bia.

Goals: Deeney 54, Vydra 68, 69.

Att: 26,727

Ref: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

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However, the game came to life after
the break when Troy Deeney grabbed his 50th career goal and David Lopez
equalised for Brighton with a penalty before Vydra had the final word.

Watford could have gone ahead at the beginning and the end of that scrappy opening period.

Daniel Pudil gave Wayne Bridge the slip from Almen Abdi's early corner but put a free header over the crossbar.

And in stoppage time Albi's deep cross was met by Deeney but, once again, the striker could not get his header on target.

In between time, Vydra was denied by
Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak while, for Brighton, Kazenga LuaLua
stung Manuel Almunia's palms with a fierce, angled drive and Andrew
Crofts blazed over.

Mercifully, the second half was a far more entertaining affair with Watford breaking the deadlock after nine minutes.

Pudil's diagonal ball played in
Deeney, who had peeled off his marker Adam El-Abd, and his low shot was
powerful enough to fizz through Kuszczak's legs via his heel and into
the back of the net.

At it again: Vydra also scored twice when Watford beat Nottingham Forest before Christmas

At it again: Vydra also scored twice when Watford beat Nottingham Forest before Christmas

But out of almost nothing Brighton managed to hit back 10 minutes later.

LuaLua had been forced away from goal
and towards the corner of the penalty area by Almunia, but Tommie Hoban
saw fit to barge the winger over and referee Oliver Langford pointed to
the spot.

Spaniard Lopez stepped up to score his second penalty in as many matches.

Reunion: Former Chelsea teammates Poyet and Zola were in opposite dugouts

Reunion: Former Chelsea teammates Poyet and Zola were in opposite dugouts

But Brighton were level for barely two minutes before Watford got a big slice of fortune.

Vydra was allowed to run unchecked
towards the Brighton area but his shot took a huge deflection of El-Abd
to loop over Kuszczak and into the net.

However, there was nothing lucky
about Watford's third goal a minute later as Deeney, inside his own
half, lifted the ball into the path of Vydra who outstripped the
Brighton defence before coolly beating Kuszczak.

Dynamo entertains Bradford City fans as they queue for Capital One Cup semi-final tickets

Dynamo adds to the magic of Capital One Cup, as Bradford fans line up for tickets

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UPDATED:

16:53 GMT, 27 December 2012

Dynamo might have expected his ability to walk on water to come in handy today as he entertained queuing Bradford City fans.

Bantams fans turned out to get their ticket for Bradford’s upcoming Capital One Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on January 8, and were joined by Dynamo the Magician.

Luckily, the rain held off and the illusionist didn’t need to put his gravity-defying stunt to the test.

Dynamo joined Bradford fans as they queued for tickets to the Capital One Cup semi-final

Mysterious: The illusionist's stunts have included walking across the Thames and predicting the manner in which Spain would win Euro 2012

Capital One made sure that the hopeful ticket buyers were catered for in the queue, handing out bacon sandwiches and cups of tea while Dynamo, himself a loyal Bradford fan, wowed them with his mind-boggling magic tricks.

‘I’m definitely feeling the magic of Bradford City’s Capital One Cup run and it was great to come down and entertain the fans,’ said Dynamo.

‘They’ve have been out in force today to get their hands on tickets and it’s great that Capital One recognises this commitment.’

Capital One provide Bradford fans with bacon sandwiches as they queue for Capital One Cup semi-final tickets

Hungry: The fans were treated to free bacon butties and cups of tea as they queued, thanks to Capital One

Dynamo entertained fans as they queued for tickets for the the Capital One semi-final clash between Bradford and Aston Villa

Hopeful: Dynamo said he's 'feeling the magic' around Bradford's Capital One Cup run of success

Hundreds of fans made their way Valley Parade from the early hours of the morning to try and buy tickets for the historic match.

It’s Bradford’s first appearance in the semi-final stage of the League Cup, and they’ve had to overcome Premiership sides Arsenal and Wigan on their way.

If they make it past Aston Villa they will face the winner of the clash between Chelsea and Swansea in the final.

Michael Woodburn, Chief Marketing Officer at Capital One, said: ‘Fans do a lot to support their club and we wanted to reward those loyal fans who have stood for hours in freezing conditions to queue for their tickets.

'What better way to stay warm than a visit from a surprise guest and a bacon sarnie and a cuppa’

Michael Owen out to end drought against Liverppol when Stoke travel to Anfield

Owen wants the monkey off his back as he targets first ever goal against Liverpool when Stoke visit Anfield on Boxing Day

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20:37 GMT, 24 December 2012

Stoke striker Michael Owen has plenty of happy memories from his time at Liverpool, but does not look back too fondly on the occasions he has played against them.

The former England international enjoyed the most prolific days of his career at Liverpool, where he came through the youth ranks.

Since leaving the Reds in 2004 though, he has failed to score a single goal against them and Owen admits he has rarely had much fun when being on the opposing team.

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool, against whom he's never scored, when Stoke City visit Anfield

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool, against whom he's never scored, when Stoke City visit Anfield

The 33-year-old will be hoping the trend changes on Boxing Day when the Potters host Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League, a game in which he could make his first Stoke appearance since October 27 having overcome a hamstring problem.

Owen – who departed Anfield for Real Madrid and moved on to Newcastle and Manchester United before joining Stoke this season – told Independent Sports News: 'It is a strange feeling really playing against your old club, especially one where you were there for around 15 years.

'Liverpool are a big part of my life and career and I had some of the best times of my life at the club.

'So certainly I have happy memories. I have not been so happy playing against them since; I have never scored and not particularly enjoyed it.'

Stoke, currently ninth in the table, head into the clash with eighth-placed Liverpool in fine form.

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Tony Pulis' men are unbeaten in their last eight matches and Owen is optimistic they can keep the run going.

'I don't see any reason why not,' Owen said. 'We had a really tough start to the season and we picked up points against some of the big teams.

'Then we went into a period of games where you would look at them on paper and say we had a chance of picking up points, and we have duly done that.

'We are on a nice run of form. Every game is tough in the Premier League, but there is no reason why we can't continue it.'

Nasser Hussain: Shane Warne"s hopes of return is tantalising, but Australia must move on

Warne's Ashes return is an exciting prospect, but Aussies must move on

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23:24 GMT, 4 December 2012

If Shane Warne makes his comeback in the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10, you have to say it would be great for the Ashes.

Warne is the greatest cricketer I ever played against, and he has never been anything less than absolutely box-office.

Australia have tried 12 Test spinners since he quit at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes, and you know he'd get stuck in.

Ready to return: Shane Warne is in great shape, despite being 43

Ready to return: Shane Warne is in great shape, despite being 43

He's fitter than he used to be and he hasn't lost that competitive edge. He wouldn't struggle with the mental side, either.

If a mere mortal like me was thinking about a Test return in my 40s, I'd be worried about making a fool of myself.

But Warne's always had this huge self-belief. Worry would not be an option.

I'd love to see him play for Australia again. Who wouldn't But the real test would be how his right shoulder and spinning fingers stand up to the pain.

It's all very well Warne bowling four overs every few evenings in a Twenty20 tournament.

Happy couple: Warne is engaged to British actress Elizabeth Hurley (left)

Happy couple: Warne is engaged to British actress Elizabeth Hurley (left)

How he used to be: Warne is pictured smoking in 2004

How he used to be: Warne is pictured smoking in 2004

But life would get interesting if England kept Australia in the field all day and Warne had to rock up the next morning after 30 overs of hard graft.

And much though I want England to win, I'd also be a bit anxious about the possibility of an all-time legend not quite living up to the standards he set himself during his career.

No doubt Warne wouldn't share those anxieties – although I'm sure his comments came as a result of being asked a question rather than Warne himself dangling a carrot.

If he is serious, it's now up to him to make the next move, not his great buddy Michael Clarke or Cricket Australia.

But my gut feeling is that, with the retirement of Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket needs to move on from one of its greatest eras – however fascinating it would be to see Shane Warne back in action.

The ultimate ringer? College swimming team call on four-time Olympic champion

The ultimate ringer College swimming team call up four-time Olympic champion

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 November 2012

A college have sparked controversy by naming an Olympic champion in their team for their next swimming gala.

For Regis Jesuit High School team in America have included four-time champion Olympic Missy Franklin champion in their line-up.

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

The American teenager blitzed the world's best to claim gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100 m medley.

And Franklin also broke two world records at last summers' games.

Now the 17-year-old sensation has decided to make her comeback for her school team in Aurora, Colorado.

And the move has divided her team-mates and opponents, with some critics saying her presence
would be unfair on school friends and opponents, and others that not to
return would be disrespectful.

'The hardest part for me is I really have no gut feeling on this,” Franklin said earlier in the month.

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

'It’s so hard when I have so many people who are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair, saying: “Why would you do this to other girls” And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that.

'It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form.'

But the school’s athletic director, John Koslosky, said that Franklin, in her final year at Regis Jesuit before leaving for the university of California, has now decided to participate in some of the scheduled events.

'She’s doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school,' he told the Denver Post. 'And she wants to. They all want her there.'

Koslosky confirmed that, given her training schedule and other demands on her time, her appearances will be limited, and the school would try to minimise the disruption caused by interest in watching her compete.

'It will be limited,' he said. 'Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere … Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision.

'But she said she wanted to pass on turning pro and attend college, and she signed to do that, and she said she wants to swim with her teammates and her school. I think it’s great.'

Joey Barton attacks Gordon Taylor over PFA"s racism in football response

'You're a fat, festering old king!' Barton launches stunning attack on PFA chief Taylor over racism revamp

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12:16 GMT, 24 October 2012

Joey Barton has launched an astonishing attack on Gordon Taylor over the Professional Footballers’ Association’s response to tackling racism in the sport.

Barton, on loan at Marseille from QPR, branded Taylor ‘fat and greedy’, compared the PFA to ‘a rotting corpse of maggots’ and called for the chief executive to be removed from his post following the formation of plans for a breakaway ‘Black Players’ Association’.

The PFA had announced on Wednesday a six-point action plan to deal with racism in a bid to halt the breakaway group headed by Rio Ferdinand, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week.

Controversial: Joey Barton (left) is on loan at French club Marseille after being banished from QPR

Controversial: Joey Barton (left) is on loan at French club Marseille after being banished from QPR

Taylor said the union wants tougher penalties for racist abuse. There has been a big backlash after John Terry was banned for four matches and fined 220,000 for racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand.

Its plan includes making racism a
sackable offence and introducing a form of the ‘Rooney rule’ to boost
the number of black managers.

But
Barton took to Twitter to air his grievances against both the idea of a
‘Black Players’ Association’ and also how Taylor was managing the PFA’s
stance on racism.

Speaking
about the planned breakaway group, Barton said: ‘My gut feeling is that
it’s an opportunistic move by some with hidden agendas to seize control
for their own gains.’

Plea: Gordon Taylor wants black players to stick with the Professional Footballers Association

Plea: Gordon Taylor wants black players to stick with the Professional Footballers Association

The former England midfielder then went on to say in a series of tweets: ‘Gordon Taylor, the or one of the highest paid union bosses in the world, has got it too easy. I concur it’s time for him to go.

‘Maybe the Union leader should be democratically voted for every few years by the union members

‘Anything’s better than breaking away. That should only be the final resort in my opinion.

‘Taylor’s got too fat and greedy. And protects his cushy position but there are some good people within the PFA. Think

‘Taylor’s like a fat, festering old king. Too drunk on power or wine to notice that his meal is a rotting corpse of maggots. Time to go GT!’

Stance: Rio Ferdinand

Stance: Anton Ferdinand

Kicking off: (clockwise from top left) Rio
Ferdinand, Anton Ferdinand, Joleon Lescott and Jason Roberts all snubbed
the Kick It Out t-shirt campaign in the Premier League last weekend

Stance: Jason Roberts

Stance: Joleon Lescott

The PFA action plan and Barton’s reaction come as the FA joined Government ministers and senior football figures in urging black players to get behind the Kick It Out campaign and abandon plans for a breakaway union.

Taylor outlined the PFA’s action plan in a statement, calling for:

Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.Consideration of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality awareness programme for culprits and clubs involved.An English form of the ‘Rooney rule’ – introduced by the NFL in America in 2003 – to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).To not lose sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in football.
Outspoken: Barton took to Twitter to express his feelings in a withering tirade against Taylor

Outspoken: Barton took to Twitter to express his feelings in a withering tirade against Taylor

Most of the points on the PFA action plan would have to be agreed by the FA and the leagues, such as disciplinary sanctions, courses and changes to contracts.

It is understood that neither the FA nor the Premier League are in favour of bringing in the Rooney Rule, where clubs would be obliged to have at least one candidate from ethnic minorities on shortlists for coaching jobs.

Manchester City cannot afford slip-up in Champions League, says Roberto Mancini

No margin for error, says Mancini as City eye Ajax in Champions League test

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15:06 GMT, 20 October 2012

Manchester City know there can be little room for error as they return to Champions League action next week.

Roberto Mancini's men travel to Amsterdam for the first of two vital back-to-back games against Ajax anxious to secure a first win of their Group D campaign.

City have collected just one point from their opening two matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and may fear their second tilt at the competition ending like their first.

European duty: City will trade domestic duty for the Champions League

European duty: City will trade domestic duty for the Champions League

A year ago City faced a similar situation having drawn and lost in their initial outings against Napoli and Bayern Munich. They went on to beat Villarreal twice in succession but still failed to reach the knockout stage despite ending the group with 10 points.

Last season City, fresh from winning their first trophy in 35 years in the FA Cup, could put the disappointment down to experience, but expectations are higher this year.

The club are now Barclays Premier League champions and even though their group is even tougher with three other domestic title-winners to face, there were hopes of a strong challenge.

But being champions does bring with it difficulties, as midfielder Gareth Barry has noticed.

The 31-year-old said: 'It is a strange feeling having won the title last year and coming back. For a lot of the players it was the first title they had won, including myself.

'It's important – you need that desire, that work attitude to produce what you have done again but you are playing against teams week in, week out who are desperate to beat the champions.

No mistakes: City cannot afford to lose another game in Europe

No mistakes: City cannot afford to lose another game in Europe

'They are trying a bit harder than they were last season, they're playing the best team in the country. They are desperate to put one over you and that is what we are facing at the minute.'

City's situation might have been worse but for a superb display by goalkeeper Joe Hart when Dortmund visited the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

After both sides created numerous chances in a compelling first half, Hart's goal came under siege after Dortmund snatched the lead just after the hour.

Hart produced a string of world-class saves and Mario Balotelli secured a point with a late penalty that at least put City above Ajax, who are bottom of the group after two defeats.

Flat lining: City's European campaign is yet to come to life

Flat lining: City's European campaign is yet to come to life