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Lauren Davis stung on the backside by wasp at Sony Open

Sting in the tail: Tennis teen Davis suffers wasp attack on the backside at Sony Open… and accidentally recreates iconic poster

By
Steven Donaldson

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10:54 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 25 March 2013

This is not a recreation of Martin Elliott’s iconic tennis poster from 1976 but something altogether more painful.

When 19-year-old Lauren Davis lost her third-round match at the Sony Open, it was not just the defeat that stung.

During the gruelling defeat by world No 36 Alize Cornet under the Florida sun, the American was stung by a wasp on her backside.

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Wasp attack: Lauren Davis was stung on the backside while playing Alize Cornet (or should that be hornet)

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

She was in obvious pain and battled on to lose 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 but she refused to blame her defeat on the wasp's sting.

The pictures of Davis resembled the iconic poster taken by photographer Elliott of a female tennis player, his girlfriend at the time, that sold more than two million copies.

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Temperatures on court soared to well over
32C and both Davis and Cornet were left so physically exhausted by such
a long match in the humidity that both players left the court in
wheelchairs.

Martin Elliot's original image

Sharapova

Iconic: The image shot by Martin Elliot (left) has been recreated before – unintentionally by Maria Sharapova

Other posers…

Kylie Minogue (see below)

Keith Lemon

Courtney Stoddon

Laura Robson passed up the chance to become British No 1 on Friday night, beaten in three sets in the second round defeat by Cornet.

The 19-year-old started well but, in a match which lasted two hours 36 minutes but was stretched over seven hours due to rain delays and power cuts in Miami, the 32nd-seeded Frenchwoman emerged a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 winner.

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

And who could forget…

Another version: Pop star Kylie Minogue posed for magazine GQ back in 2000

Button can conjure the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

Button can capture the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says BBC's new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

By
Andy James

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15:36 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Suzi Perry, the new female face of the BBC’s Formula One coverage, believes Jenson Button can repeat the heroics of 2009 to land this season’s coveted crown.

Speaking to Top Gear magazine Perry – who spent 10 years covering MotoGP for the Beeb – expresses doubt over Lewis Hamilton’s chances of landing his second title in his first year after switching to Mercedes.

And she also reveals how James Hunt first attracted her to the sport.

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

Button

Suzi Perry

Driving seat: Perry (right) is the face of the BBC's F1 coverage after taking charge of the MotoGP for ten years

The season curtain raiser in Australia takes place in five days’ time and Perry believes the changes to the tyres this year could see Button land his second championship, but there are number of other, less-fancied, challengers in the frame.

She said: ‘They’re quite a young crop really, when you think that Jenson’s now the most experienced driver on the grid.

'Then you look at the changes in tyre tech, and you’d have to say it suits Jenson, with the softer compounds and wider window of opportunity.

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

'Isn’t this the best opportunity for him to go out there and singing ‘We Are the Champions’ like he did in 2009

Top Gear

‘I’ve met the Williams drivers, and it was fascinating looking at their body language. But, Bottas… hmm, there’s something about him.

'He’s got this real-life Action Man thing going on, which is quite cool, something steely. Definitely a dark horse.

‘He also has a lot of fans already, and his girlfriend’s an Olympic swimmer – together they’re like Posh ’n’ Becks.

She added: ‘When I interviewed him the other day, he basically said they’re working towards a long-term goal. Put yourself in his shoes: you’ve come through McLaren since karting days, and that’s all you’ve known.

'It was purely that existence, with so many strong characters around him, so it’s no wonder he wanted to spread his wings. In his own words, he wanted to grow.

‘I think realistically there’s going to be a major shock if he challenges for the title this year, but there could be race wins. Why not’

She added: ‘As a kid, I remember always having F1 on the telly, going right back to James Hunt – I was six when he won the world championship.

'I remember it quite clearly – my dad was really into it, and my mum probably fancied Hunt.

‘Mind you, fair play, he was pretty handsome. When I was in my twenties, I took my bike licence and had a lot of friends who were bikers, so we used to ride together. Then I started covering MotoGP.'

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

The full interview appears in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

Santos dismiss Man City interest in Neymar as beaten Brazil make low-key departure from London

Santos dismiss Man City interest in Neymar as glum Brazilian makes low-key exit from London

By
Simon Jones

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21:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has rejected the idea of selling his prize asset Neymar to Manchester City.

Following reports appearing in Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo on Thursday that City will offer a blank cheque for the Brazilian superstar, Ribeiro has rubbished suggestions he may seek to cash in.

Neymar at Heathrow as the Brazilian team leave the UK

On his way: Neymar at Heathrow on Thursday to catch a flight to Brazil

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

While he admitted it was 'not a lack of funds' that would prevent a sale to Manchester City, Ribeiro insists there is no amount of money he would accept from the Premier League champions.

'I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no,' he said. 'Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer.'

Despite his disappointing performance for Brazil in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England on Wednesday, Neymar is widely considered one of the world's most prestigious talents and has a long list of suitors.

And with Roberto Mancini's men trailing Manchester United in the title race, the Italian is keen to learn from the lessons of last summer – when his side were pipped to the signings of Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez – by making an early move for the 21-year-old.

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Ribeiro, however, is adamant Neymar is going nowhere.

He added: 'I have a very clear base to why Neymar stayed here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid, in 2011], for one basic reason: he's happy.

'He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20% in the last two years.'

Ribeiro even admitted he has taken inspiration from a former Santos president, who dug in to ensure Pele did not leave the club during his pomp.

He added: 'It's the repetition of the phenomenon experienced in the the 50s and 60s, when Pel attracted a legion of new fans, that went beyond the limits of the city.

'Repeating history is not very creative, but what Athi [Jorge Coury, former Santos president] did with Pel has inspired me.'

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Leonna Mayor – female jockey photshoot

From racing horses to racing hearts! Apprentice Mayor is a Grade One jockey

By
Mike Dawes

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12:02 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 7 January 2013

Leonna Mayor's job is to race horses, but with these pictures the young jockey will have hearts racing across the country.

The stunning 22-year-old is an apprentice at Alastair Lidderdale's stable – and already has 31 wins to her name.

And while her fledgling racing career remains in its infancy, these pictures will send her shooting to the forefront of all race-goers minds.

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Mayor first appeared in MailOnline 18 months ago during a photoshoot alongside a number of other young female jockeys.

She revealed her desire at the time was to become a top jockey in racing circles. And there was also a revelation about her slightly embarrassing modelling past.

She said: 'My main ambition is to be known as a good female jockey and to get to a situation where trainers want to use me rather than my agent having to ask them.'

'Winning my fourth and most important race of the year (in 2011) on Thunderball at Pontefract when the owners could have used a more experienced jockey was a highlight.

She added: 'I did modelling as a youngster and was pictured wearing a hideous pink tracksuit in the Argos catalogue.'

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Staying in shape is a key element of her day-to-day life as a jockey, but has admitted staying trim is a constant battle.

Leonna, 22, told the Daily Star: 'It is weird having to adjust your weight for different races but it becomes second nature.

'It makes dinners out difficult and, after a long day, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a complicated meal. I eat a lot of soup and treat myself to a takeaway if I get a win!

'If I need to lose a pound or so, I
sweat in a hot bath. One of the lads suggested a couple of glasses of
wine the night before a race to dehydrate.'

Judging by these pictures, her fitness regime is working just fine.

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly sets the pulses racing on and off the track

Andy Carroll police probe after West Ham Christrmas party in Dublin

Carroll's Christmas bash: Police interview 35m West Ham striker over accusations of 'gouging' a photographer after night out that finishes at 5.30am… and where was his leg brace in Burger KingWest Ham striker accused of assaulting a photographerPremier League club back on-loan star amid the allegationsPolice in Dublin made no arrests after probing players

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10:59 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Christmas party season has begun and Premier League footballers are already embroiled in trouble after Andy Carroll allegedly assaulted a photographer outside a nightclub.

West Ham were the first to get their festive celebrations in full swing as the players went on a weekend tour to Dublin following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea.

But Carroll, who is ruled out for eight weeks with a knee ligament injury, reportedly went berserk at snapper Paddy Cummins after he attempted to photograph the crocked England international leaving a popular nightspot without a leg brace he had been wearing earlier in the evening.

West Ham have released a statement backing the on-loan Liverpool striker amid the allegations and Carroll's team-mates are also ready to back him over the claims.

Christmas Carroll: Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan, striker Carroll, Carlton Cole and Matt Taylor pose with a female fan at a pub in Dublin dressed all in fancy dress white

Christmas Carroll: Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan, striker Carroll, Carlton Cole and Matt Taylor pose with a female fan at a pub in Dublin dressed all in fancy dress white

'Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team,' a West Ham spokesman said:

'Andy agreed to have a number of
pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the
street.

'Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in
the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the
private security team working on the trip.

'When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety.

'Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.

'The Garda took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.'

Cummins, who is 5ft 8in, claims the 6ft
3in on-loan Liverpool striker gouged his right eye while trying to grab
his camera.

Cummins also claims the former Newcastle star went to bite him after knocking him to the floor.

The 33-year-old photographer was later admitted to hospital, where he offered a statement to the police.

‘He was like a wild animal,’ Cummins told The Sun.
Meal deal: Carroll - seemingly without his protective leg brace on - is pictured ordering food from Burger King at the end of his night out

Meal deal: Carroll – seemingly without his protective leg brace on – is pictured ordering food from Burger King at the end of his night out

Injured: Carroll was wearing a protective knee brace on Saturday at Upton Park

Injured: Carroll was wearing a protective knee brace on Saturday at Upton Park

‘I felt this terrible pain in my eye as he gouged me.

‘I was screaming, “My eyes!” but he kept it up. The pain was incredible.’

A spokesman for the Garda press office in Dublin said officers received a report of an incident at 2.30am yesterday.

Officers at the city's Pearse Street station are investigating the incident.

It is understood members of the West Ham football team were spoken to by gardai following reports of an assault.

No arrests were made, the Garda spokesman said.

Carroll’s agent Mark Curtis, who is
also the representative for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, declined to
comment over the alleged assault.

Speaking about the disappearance of
the leg brace he said: ‘The leg brace was outside his trousers inside
the club because he wanted people to see it so they wouldn’t knock into
him. When he left he put it under the trousers.

Night out: Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were part of West Ham's Christmas party weekend tour to Dublin, where they were pictured with Irish fans

Night out: Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were part of West Ham's Christmas party weekend tour to Dublin, where they were pictured with Irish fans

‘He can’t walk without it. He isn’t a daft lad and he wouldn’t be able to put weight on his leg without it.

'You can see from the shape of his trousers in the picture [published in The Sun] that it’s underneath.'

Allardyce’s side were staying at the
five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel and kicked-off their weekend in the Irish
capital’s Grafton Lounge before visiting the popular Coppers nightspot.

Spell on the sidelines: Carroll is out for eight weeks with a knee injury

Spell on the sidelines: Carroll is out for eight weeks with a knee injury

Carroll was one of several first-team
Hammers’ players spotted by fans at the Quays pub in Temple Bar in the
early hours of Sunday morning said to be downing pints of Guinness and
Jagerbombs.

According to the report in The Sun, Carroll refused to discuss the alleged spat with the photographer and insisted he’d had a ‘great night’.

West Ham told the newspaper that snapper Cummins was ‘restrained’ by security staff outside the nightclub in question but denied contact with the striker.

Jessica Ennis misses out on Female Athlete of the Year to Allyson Felix

Team GB golden girl Ennis pipped to Athlete of the Year by US sprinter Felix in Barcelona

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13:31 GMT, 25 November 2012

Jessica Ennis has missed out on being named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year after American sprinter Allyson Felix won the award.

Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis was on the three-strong final shortlist, but lost out to Felix, who won three gold medals at London 2012, at an IAAF ceremony in Barcelona this afternoon.

Felix, 27, won the 200 metres and the 4x100m and 4x400m titles in the summer.

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams had also been in contention.

Usain Bolt won the men’s award for the fourth time in the last five years.

He beat Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and 110m hurdles gold medallist Aries Merritt.

The pair have both set world records this year, while Bolt successfully defended his three sprint titles.

'This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years,' Bolt, who had fitness concerns in the run-up to the Olympics, said on the IAAF website.

Looking sharp: US athlete Aries Merritt missed out on an award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt picked up the men's award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt (right) picked up the men's award as Aries Merritt (right) missed out

Beaten: Yohan Blake

Winner: Allyson Felix pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona

Winner: Allyson Felix (right) pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona and Yohan Blake (left) strikes his signature pose

'My coach doesn’t want us to discuss injuries, so I didn’t talk about it, so this means a lot.'

Felix said: 'It is pretty much one of the coolest awards I’ve ever received.

'Winning it means you are at the top of your sport, which is something we all strive for. To finally reach the goal during the journey of a long career is very special.'

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

'For me this is a great honor to win a fourth time. I really worked hard and I was really focused this year. This season was one of my toughest.

'I had my ups and downs, even though we don’t like to talk about them,' said Bolt, who thanked his coach and the fans at this summer’s Olympics.

'The London games were magnificent. Fans were there in the stadium from 10 in the morning, I had never seen anything like that.'

In 2003, Bolt and Felix won the Rising Star awards for the most promising young athletes of the year.

Bolt said: 'Nine years ago I was here with Allyson, now I am back, that means I am getting old, which is slightly worrying,'

'But I will continue to work hard.'

Natasha Jonas shows being a warrior woman is worth fighting for – Laura Williamson

Jonas shows being a warrior woman is worth fighting for

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UPDATED:

00:19 GMT, 12 November 2012

On Sunday August 5 I watched Natasha Jonas make history as the first British female boxer to step into the Olympic ring.

I remember feeling a very strong sense of admiration for what she had achieved and was impressed by the power, speed and technical skill of the sporting contest I was watching. But it also left me feeling churned; unsure if there was any genuine enjoyment in watching a woman getting hit.

So, three months on, I went to Jonas’s gym in Liverpool to try out boxing for myself…

Smiling assassin: Sportsmail's Laura with Natasha Jonas

Smiling assassin: Sportsmail's Laura with Natasha Jonas

In my job, I am used to walking into rooms of men and standing out like the proverbial sore thumb. Jonas’s gym was no different: Natasha Jonas is the only female name on the vests and plaques that decorate the walls and she jokingly referred to the ladies’ changing room as ‘mine’ because, for so long, she was the only one to use it.

This has changed now, given the success of women’s boxing at London 2012, but Jonas and I were the only women as a group of men grunted and sweated their way through a gruelling circuit of exercises using tyres, weights and ropes. It could not have been a more overtly masculine environment, yet it was far from intimidating. Instead, the over-riding feeling was of support.

Jonas trains in her weight, rather than gender, when the British squad meet up in Sheffield, and it felt no different here: they are proud not of their girl, but of their boxer. ‘You think everyone in a boxing gym will be snarling,’ says Jonas, ‘but we’re a proper little family.

‘Everyone still has a laugh but it helped me push myself.’

Packing a punch: Jonas trains at her gym in Liverpool

Packing a punch: Jonas trains at her gym in Liverpool

The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed, but it changes when Jonas starts to punch, making an impressive rasping noise as she exhales. I am struck by her drive, power and concentration – and the switch from the smiley, self-deprecating 28-year-old woman who has been gently taking the mickey out of my failure even to put my gloves on properly.

Jonas admits her desire and will to win made the Olympics a ‘stressful’ time. She made history – something she wants to do again at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 – but she was beaten by eventual lightweight champion Katie Taylor of Ireland. It was a thrilling fight in an incredible atmosphere that gave the sport the exposure it merited, but that still feels like scant consolation.

‘At the time it was disappointing but I think, in boxing, you are always going to get good and bad draws,’ she says. ‘I think I had a good draw to qualify for the Games, so I can’t complain. I have calmed down.

‘Afterwards I felt a bit of everything: anger, frustration, disappointment.

‘If I had gone in with the attitude of
having nothing to lose then I don’t think it would have hit me so badly.
But I went there to win. It wasn’t being delusional. Everyone can be
beaten in the ring. If I can compete with the best in the world I will
carry on until Rio in 2016. I firmly believe the body can do anything;
it’s whether you can cope mentally. I did find it all a bit stressful.’

On the ropes: Jonas was beaten at the Olympics by eventual champion Katie Taylor

On the ropes: Jonas was beaten at the Olympics by eventual champion Katie Taylor

Jonas will certainly not have to worry about any competition from me in Rio, that’s for sure. As I fluff my way through some attempts at jabs and punches she says kindly: ‘Your top half’s quite good. It’s the bottom half that needs work.’ My legs aren’t that bad, I think, until I realise what she means: I’m constantly overbalancing, leaning forward instead of keeping weight on my back foot. Oops.

The focus of our session is not on strength but on form, while the cardiovascular side of the training – running and skipping – is fun and challenging. I can see why Jonas took to this sport after a knee injury stopped her playing football. More importantly, I realise that getting hung up on the impact of a woman being hit is to disregard the quick thought process and technical preparation needed to land that blow.

It’s captivating and it also helps me to understand what Jonas meant when she used the phrase ‘warrior women’ after her first-round victory in London. I thought it brilliantly summed up the barriers – physical, psychological and social – female boxers had overcome to reach that point, but it implies a cerebral strength, not just a physical one.

‘I didn’t mean “warrior” like I was
going to kill everyone,’ she explains. ‘I think it means being strong
enough to fight for what you believe in. You can be a warrior woman and
be a mathematician, not just a boxer.’

Smiling assassin: Sportsmail's Laura with Natasha Jonas

What they said

It turns out Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is bisexual.

The boxer was judged to be No 1 in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List last week and said: ‘It’s amazing to be on top of a list of such inspiring and influential people. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.’ She’s right: it will be ‘continued support’. Her sexual preference matters not a jot.

… and this is what I've been doing this week

PLEASED to see British gold medallists Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King have been signed by road cycling team DTPC (Dream Team Pro Cycling), which will be part-funded by Bradley Wiggins’ Wiggo Foundation. Developments like this are one of the most crucial components of the London 2012 legacy.

VISITING the O2 arena for the first time since covering GB’s memorable bronze medal in the men’s gymnastics team event at the Olympics. It was bright pink then, but on Wednesday it was blue for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals tennis. The Team GB flags were still out in force amid the mind-boggling amount of branding, mind you.

WATCHING England beat Fiji at Twickenham. It was a novel experience to watch a game without someone yelling a string of expletives in your ear; to hear a collective ‘oh dear’ when England made a mistake, rather than a barrage of abuse. It felt like a vehicle for people to have a good time, and, with England so firmly in control, I found it particularly strange to support a team without feeling any angst or tension whatsoever.

Jessica Ennis named European Athlete of the Year

Another honour for Ennis as Olympic golden girl is voted European Athlete of the Year

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16:28 GMT, 4 October 2012

Jessica Ennis has been voted European female Athlete of the Year following her Olympic heptathlon triumph in London.

The 26-year-old from Sheffield becomes only the third British athlete to win the accolade following her British record win in August.

Dame Kelly Holmes was honoured in 2004 after winning two Olympic golds and Sally Gunnell took the prize in 1993.

Golden Girl: Jessica Ennis was been named European female Athlete of the Year

Golden Girl: Jessica Ennis was been named European female Athlete of the Year

Another award! Ennis will receive her honour at a ceremony in Malta on October 13

Another award! Ennis will receive her honour at a ceremony in Malta on October 13

It should be a double for British athletics as Mo Farah is expected to win the male award at the ceremony in Malta on October 13.

A panel of judges placed Ennis ahead of Olympic high jump gold medallist Anna Chicherova of Russia and javelin gold winner Barbora Spotakova from the Czech Republic.

Sports Personality of the Year award faces BBC changes

BBC to shake-up Sports Personality process after public outcry last year

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12:32 GMT, 12 September 2012

The BBC will announce changes to their Sports Personality of the Year awards process later this month following last year's outcry at no women being included on the ten-strong shortlist.

Changes are expected to be made to the shortlisting panel and it appears unlikely that 'lads mags' Nuts and Zoo will retain their votes.

Other changes are also likely, possibly expanding the number of sports stars on the shortlist and having a panel of experts to then reduce the size of the list ahead of a public vote.

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

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It follows a lengthy review of the process announced last November after Earlier, a group of women MPs wrote to the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, complaining that this year's shortlist undermined efforts to encourage female participation in sport.

A BBC spokeswoman insisted the changes would not be dramatic, saying: 'It will be evolution rather than revolution.'

That means there will be no move towards having a separate award for men and women – there have been three female winners in the last 10 years – nor of giving the Paralympics any special status, both of which changes have been suggested.

This year's awards will be held at the ExCeL centre in London on December 16 – the BBC want to reflect the importance of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and it was one of the major venues for the Games.

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Bookmakers rate cyclist Bradley Wiggins the favourite ahead of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.

Wiggins won the Tour de France and Olympic gold, while Murray has come into contention after his equally historic US Open victory to go alongside his Olympic gold and silver.

Farah and Ennis are ranked as the most likely candidates from the rest of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener

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10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'