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Timmy Weah, son of George, is on trial at Chelsea

Which former world player of the year's son is on trial at Chelsea

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

23:06 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:24 GMT, 29 March 2013

Chelsea are giving a trial to the son of legendary Liberian hitman George Weah.

Timmy, 13, wanted to play in London for the same team his father signed for in January 2000.

Weah joined on loan from AC Milan and scored against rivals Tottenham on his debut. He was only too happy to bring his son to London for a trial.

Tribute: Weah, pictured with the FA Cup in 2000, had a message for his baby son on his shirt

Tribute: Weah, pictured with the FA Cup in 2000, had a message for his baby son on his shirt

'He is talented,' Weah told Talksport.
'We just wanted to give him the opportunity and we also want him to
enjoy the game he has passion for.

'I brought him to Chelsea just for a trial and for a different experience.'

He
added: 'When I left London, I kept ties with Chelsea and when my son
wanted to come to England to play, the first person I called was my
daddy, Gary Staker [the club's liaison officer].

On target: Weah only played for a short while at Chelsea but showed his nose for goal

On target: Weah only played for a short while at Chelsea but showed his nose for goal

'Gary made it happen and Timothy is enjoying it. He has started training already and he is happy.'

Timmy wants to make his own way in the football world and not purely rely on his father's name.

He told Tropigol: 'My dad was one of the greatest players and I want to follow in his footsteps.

'But I also want to make a name for myself. I want to be Timothy Weah, be myself, play my game and still follow in his footsteps while I’m doing that.'

Weah, who played for Monaco, PSG and Man City among other sides, won FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995, and was voted African Player of the Century.

At home: A few pictures of Weah at his home in west London that he occupied whilst with the Blues

At home: A few pictures of Weah at his home in west London that he occupied whilst with the Blues

Sofa king

Weah looking out of his window and on to the Thames

New York Knicks 102-87 Detroit Pistons: Premier League stars old and new flood to glitzy NBA game in London

New York Knicks 102 Detroit Pistons 87: Premier League stars old and new flood to glitzy NBA game in London

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

22:51 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 18 January 2013

A host of Premier League stars past and present sat courtside as the NBA brought its unique brand of razzamatazz to London tonight.

The New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in a regular-season game in front of a sell-out 18,689 crowd at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich.

Thierry Henry was
joined by former team-mates Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, while QPR’s
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand and Armand Traore took a break
from fighting relegation to attend. Darren Bent, out of favour at Aston
Villa, saw some rare action too.

Thierry Henry and film director Spike Lee pose for a photo before the game

Connected: Thierry Henry and film director Spike Lee pose for a photo before the game

Ashley Cole

David Luiz

Donning the hats: Chelsea stars Ashley Cole and David Luiz sit courtside

Clint Dempsey, Jack Butland, Ryan Bertrand, Sylvain Distin, Tim Howard and Marouane Chamakh were all in the stands too.

Ashley Cole was here courtesy of his
friend Dave Hancock, the Knicks’ English director of training and
conditioning who was once physio at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

The England left-back proved an
unwelcome spectator however, with loud boos emanating when cameras
projected his image onto the big screen midway through the third period.
Think George Osborne at the Paralympics.

Spurs Clint Dempsey (centre) along with Everton's Tim Howard (left) and Sylvain Distin (right)

Night out: Spurs Clint Dempsey (centre) along with Everton's Tim Howard (left) and Sylvain Distin (right)

Cole kept his capped head bowed, though, and carried on his conversation, ignoring the jeers.

To be fair, Bacary Sagna was also moderately booed when cameras picked him out, so maybe it was simply pantomime season extending into January.

We were treated to Alexandra Burke
singing the national anthem with full X-Factor gusto beforehand as well
as Jake Whitehall and James Cordon shooting free-throws poorly at an
interval.

On the court Carmelo Anthony was once
again the Knicks stand-out performer, scoring a game-high 26 points to
show why he takes home $20million (12m) a year in wages.

Recently retired Fabrice Muamba (centre) enjoys the action

Cheeky grin: Recently retired Fabrice Muamba (centre) enjoys the action

Detroit Pistons (white) attempt a shot in front of the packed stands

Where's the ball gone: Detroit Pistons (white) attempt a shot in front of the packed stands

Aside from the eye-catching
three-pointers, the most memorable moments were Austin Daye’s mid-air
take-out of Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert’s astonishing miss when
striving for a slam dunk.

This is the third time in three years the NBA has come to England in a bid to widen its appeal.

But David Stern, the 70-year-old NBA
commissioner, gave a blunt appraisal of basketball’s chances when asked
if it could ever rival football for popularity. ‘In England Are you
kidding No chance’, he said.

‘We’re trying to work our way up to
somewhere underneath cricket and rugby. We have a wonderful amount of to
learn from the EPL. We met with Richard Scudamore and swapped stories
and the like to get smarter.

Pistons' cheerleaders prove the star pre-match entertainers

Crowd-pleaser: Pistons' cheerleaders prove the star pre-match entertainers

‘We have so much room to improve and
grow by leaps and bounds and then it would be some small fraction of the
love that the British have for football.’

He
did, however, add he was ‘confounded’ by UK Sport’s decision to cut
8.6m funding from British basketball following London 2012.

‘If
I were an enterprise deciding where to invest, I would think of
basketball. Our game is welcoming, inclusive, progressive and very
diverse.’

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) watches on

Relaxing: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) watches on

Pistons center Andre Drummond (left) comes in underneath Knicks center Tyson Chandler

Giant leap: Pistons center Andre Drummond (left) comes in underneath New york Knicks center Tyson Chandler

Darren Bent puts his league form behind him to make a public appearance

Day off: Darren Bent puts his league form behind him to make a public appearance


Anton Ferdinand fails to be inconspicuous

Eager beaver: Anton Ferdinand with Alan Hansen peeking from the foreground

Henry explains the basic to Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Deep in conversation: Henry explains the basic to Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Sagna takes the presenter role as he laps up the attention

Reporter: Sagna takes the presenter role as he laps up the attention

Gareth Bale tweeted a picture of him watching the NBA

What a TV! Gareth Bale tweeted a picture of him watching the NBA

The cheerleaders certainly weren't feeling the chill of the British winter

Not a bad start: The cheerleaders certainly weren't feeling the chill of the British winter

A full-house at the o2 arena watch the third NBA regular-season game in Europe

Get set: A full-house at the o2 arena watch the third NBA regular-season game in Europe

The ref takes a hasty back-step away from the jumping players

Tip off: The ref takes a hasty back-step away from the jumping players

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony goes inside Pistons Tayshaun Prince

One-on-one: New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony goes inside Pistons Tayshaun Prince

Pistons' Rodney Stuckey (white) attempts a 2-pointer watched by Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire

Slam dunk: Pistons' Rodney Stuckey (white) attempts a 2-pointer watched by Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire

Kincks head coach Mike Woodson reacts to a referee decision

Not just in football: Kincks head coach Mike Woodson reacts to a referee decision

Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks tries to block the shot from Pistons' Will Bynum

Reaching for the basket: Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks tries to block the shot from Pistons' Will Bynum

Pistons' Stuckey shows off some very unfashionable leggings

Tights Pistons' Stuckey shows off some very unfashionable leggings

Knicks point guard Iman Shumpert smiles on his return from injury

No laughing matter: Knicks point guard Iman Shumpert smiles on his return from injury

James Corden and Jack Whitehall demonstrate just why they aren't basketball players

On court: James Corden and Jack Whitehall demonstrate just why they aren't basketball players

James Corden

James Corden

Future pro Corden gives it a go during a break but seems to suffer from the pressure

J.R Smith and Steve Novak of the Knicks have a cheeky barge

Celebration: J.R Smith and Steve Novak of the Knicks have a cheeky barge

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony salutes his fans

World famous: Knicks' Carmelo Anthony salutes his fans

Harlequins 26 London Irish 15

Harlequins 26 London Irish 15: Exiles suffer late penalty try punishment

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 29 December 2012

London Irish were dragged deeper into the relegation mire after champions Harlequins ground out a victory in front of 82,000 fans at Twickenham.

The Exiles were in touch for 78 minutes but left empty-handed after a late penalty try from Harlequins' dominant pack denied them a losing bonus point.

Harlequins had taken the lead after a scrappy first half with a try from scrum-half Danny Care and Nick Evans added 16 points with the boot.

Nice work: Chris Robshaw (right) of Harlequins celebrates with George Robson

Nice work: Chris Robshaw (right) of Harlequins celebrates with George Robson

London Irish are now just one point ahead of the Aviva Premiership's bottom side Sale Sharks, who closed the gap with their victory over Worcester on Friday.

The Sharks are in a state of upheaval after coach John Mitchell announced today he was returning to South Africa prematurely after just a month at the club.

But the Exiles have just two Premiership wins all season and they are not in a position to be relying on Sale shooting themselves in the foot.

Harlequins, meanwhile, finish a memorable 2012 top of the table.

Their record in this annual Christmas
extravaganza at Twickenham has not been great, with just one victory
from the four previous games.

But Conor O'Shea's men do not lose at Twickenham anymore.

Crunch: George Lowe is tackled by Jonathan Joseph of London Irish

Crunch: George Lowe is tackled by Jonathan Joseph of London Irish

Harlequins won their first Premiership title here in May and opened the new campaign with a stunning comeback victory over Wasps in the London double header.

There was nothing stunning about this victory, which was ground out in miserable conditions.

Harlequins did have the crowd on its feet in the opening minutes as they exploited the Exiles' notoriously weak defence, moving the ball quickly before Joe Marler charged through the gap.

The England prop was hauled down but the Quins pack kept the pressure on and earned a penalty which Evans converted after Exiles captain Declan Danaher slipped his binding.

Evans angled an intelligent kick into space behind the London Irish defence as Harlequins threatened to take control, but the Exiles were resilient.

Chris Hala'ufia carried the ball strongly and London Irish drew level with the first of Ian Humphreys' five penalties as the heavens opened.

Breaking through: Ollie Lindsay-Hague of Harlequins escapes from an Exiles challenge to score a try

Breaking through: Ollie Lindsay-Hague of Harlequins escapes from an Exiles challenge to score a try

The game worsened for it and became a scrappy affair, with both sides committing handling errors. Evans was the chief culprit for Harlequins, losing possession three times in the first half.

The Kiwi fly-half did kick his side back into the lead after Exiles prop Max Lahiff was penalised under pressure from James Johnson as Harlequins bossed the scrum battle.

London Irish, though, were gifted the opportunity to respond immediately when Maurie Fa'avasalu was penalised at a ruck straight from the kick-off and Humphreys accepted it.

Evans lit up the Twickenham gloom with one delightful reverse pass and then burst through a gap, only to spill the ball in the tackle.

Care had zipped across the field from a powerful lineout drive and offloaded to Evans, who went himself and should have lofted a pass out wide to Ugo Monye before he was tackled.

Harlequins produced another big scrum under the Irish posts but Fa'avasalu was penalised for playing the ball with the foot and the Exiles were able to clear.

Evans and Humphreys each missed two shots at goal before the interval and then nudged the score on to 9-9 after the restart when Harlequins began to up the tempo.

Sparks fly: Fans were entertained pre-match at Twickenham

Sparks fly: Fans were entertained pre-match at Twickenham

Monye coasted past Humphreys with ease and aimed for the corner before trying an inside ball to Mike Brown, which was knocked on by Humphreys.

Harlequins won another scrum penalty, went for touch and Care launched a 40-metre diagonal attack from the driving lineout before passing to Evans, who was hauled down five metres short.

Care darted for the line from the base of the ruck. He was half stopped by Jonathan Joseph but stretched through a forest of legs and the try was eventually awarded by television match official Geoff Warren.

Irish battled hard in the hope of a bonus point, with Humphreys slotting two more penalties, either side of one from Evans, to his side within four points.

But scrum-half Pat Phipps was sin-binned with four minutes remaining as his scrum struggled in their own 22.

Harlequins went for the scrum again and demolished the set-piece to earn the penalty try and deny their opponents the losing bonus point.

Long Run holds off Captain Chris to win King George chase

Long Run holds off Captain Chris to take victory at King George VI Chase

PUBLISHED:

15:39 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 26 December 2012

Long Run got up in the final strides to collar Captain Chris and regain his crown in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Captain Chris looked like going two better places than last year when he came through to head the winner of two years ago, who was also the runner-up 12 months ago.

However, Long Run, the 15-8 favourite trained by Nicky Henderson, rallied for amateur Sam Waley-Cohen, to get back up and score by a neck.


Jumping to victory: Long Run (right) took first place in the King George Chase

Jumping to victory: Long Run (right) took first place in the King George Chase

The winning rider said: 'He was so brave. I had to keep asking him – I asked him early and maybe I asked too much as he was tired but so brave.

'This is his fifth year of competing at this level and he means an enormous amount to us.
'That was racing at it's best for me. I can't put it into words. It's an honour and a privilege.'

Long Run is owned by Waley-Cohen's father Robert, who added: 'He's come here four times now and won three Grade Ones and been second to Kauto Star.

'I wasn't absolutely sure that we had got back up but as I came down the stairs from the stand, I saw his name go up and that was fantastic.'

Henderson was similarly thrilled to see his former Cheltenham Gold Cup victor return to winning form.

He said: 'It was a brave call to go on when he did and it was the right call to make.

Jumping to victory: Long Run edged Captain Chris to finish first

Jumping to victory: Long Run edged Captain Chris to finish first

'It was a battle out there today and not the best ground for any of them. He's young but has been doing everything right.

'You would have to say last year was a disappointment but he's been running good races all the time.'

Henderson continued: 'We had it in our minds that Bobs Worth would run in the Cheltenham race in January (Argento Chase), leaving Long Run free to run in the Denman (Aon) Chase at Newbury, but we'll have to discuss things with connections.

'I'd love to see Long Run back on better ground and I'm so pleased Sam and the horse have proved a point to people today.'

Jockey Richard Johnson said of the runner-up: 'I thought coming to the last I was going to win, but the other horse is a proven Gold Cup winner and he's just outstayed me.

'It was a great run and I'm just looking forward to riding him on better ground.'

Scudamore said of third-placed Grands Crus: 'He ran a great race and I'm most pleased he looks a lot more like his old self.'

David Pipe’s exciting grey, meanwhile, blew his rivals away to score by an eased-down nine lengths but that doesn’t come close to accurately describing his superiority over his rivals.

Sent of an 8-13 favourite, Tom Scudamore never had a moment’s worry and a soaring leap four-out sent Dynaste to the front before stretching clear in effortless style.

The six-year-old is now unbeaten in three starts over fences and he is following the same route as stablemate Grands Crus who won this race 12 months ago before being sent off a short price favourite for the RSA Chase.

And Darlan is the new Champion Hurdle favourite after sprinting to a four-and-a-half length victory in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton under Tony McCoy.

The John McManus-owned five-year-old had, who was 3-1 for this seasonal reappearance, made it three Christmas Hurdle wins on the bounce for connections after Binocular’s wins in the last two runnings of the two mile contest, and he is now a 4-1 chance for the Cheltenham Festival showpiece.

Darlan finished behind Cinders And Ashes in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but Nicky Henderson’s charge comfortably revered that form as well as seeing off disappointing favourite Countrywide Flame who was such an impressive winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle last time.

Raya Star came home in second while Dodging Bullets finished third.

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4 – match report

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4: Posh hold on despite late Trotters surge

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

Peterborough's flying start proved decisive as they edged Bolton in a nine-goal thriller at London Road.

Buoyed by their surprise victory over leaders Cardiff last week, Posh raced into a two goal lead inside six minutes thanks to Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but George Thorne's drive made it 3-1 shortly after half-time.

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Little (Alcock 89), Thorne, Rowe, Boyd, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Swanson, McCann, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 2, Gayle 6, Thorne 47, Little 69, Zakuani 83.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews (Petrov 81), Lee (Sordell 50), Butterfield (Afobe 50), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lainton, Alonso, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Butterfield, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Andrews.

Goals: Andrews 45 pen, 56 pen, Afobe 85, Petrov 87.

Att: 6,600

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Another Andrews spot kick prompted
Bolton's most promising period of the match but United defenders Mark
Little and Gabriel Zakuani got in on the act to apparently make the
points safe.

But there was a final twist as
Wanderers substitutes Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov netted inside the
final six minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Victory for Barnsley at Millwall and
Bristol City's draw at Ipswich means Darren Ferguson's side remain
bottom of the table, while Dougie Freedman's Bolton head into Christmas
eight points shy of the play-off places in 16th.

A cross-field ball from George Boyd
in the second minute skidded through Bolton centre-back Zat Knight on
the greasy surface, allowing Tomlin to race clear before cutting back
onto his right foot and planting a low shot past Adam Bogdan.

Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan made a
magnificent reflex save to stop Tomlin doubling his tally moments later
but the Hungary international could do nothing when Sam Ricketts failed
to clear Tommy Rowe's cross and Gayle thrashed home on the half-volley –
his fifth goal in four games.

Confidence was understandably
coursing through Peterborough and Boyd fizzed an ambitious 35-yard
effort narrowly over after Thorne dispossessed Andrews.

In the 15th minute Tomlin went close
again, skipping past two challenges before curling against the post from
the edge of the box.

Boyd passed up the opportunity to add
a third, shooting wide at the end of a mazy run, before Bolton were
handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time.

Zakuani was penalised for holding
down Ricketts when Butterfield delivered a corner from the right and,
despite Chris Eagles volleying the loose ball into the net, referee
Nigel Miller pointed to the spot.

Andrews held his nerve, blasting low
to the left of Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik – a virtual spectator for
the opening 45 minutes.

But haphazard defending undid Bolton
at the start of the second half, as it had in the first, and after they
failed to clear in the 47th minute Thorne swept home from the edge of
the area.

Freedman threw on Marvin Sordell and
Afobe shortly afterward to bolster his side's attack and the latter
helped them reduce the advantage again with 56 minutes played.

A bustling run from Arsenal loanee was ended illegally in the area by Joe Newell and once more Andrews did the honours.

Afobe continued to cause problems for
the Peterborough defence but at the other end there remained plenty to
encourage the hosts and their two goal lead was restored for a third
time.

Tomlin dragged wide after being teed
up by strike partner Gayle and, with 21 minutes to go, Little
emphatically drove into the top corner at the back post from Newell's
left wing cross.

Zakuani's far post header to convert Tomlin's right wing corner appeared to have sealed it but Afobe and Petrov had other ideas.

The former converted his team-mates'
84th minute corner from close range and when Petrov emphatically crashed
into the top corner on the angle three minutes later Bolton had got to
within touching distance of a point they scarcely deserved.

Jonjo Shelvey to play up front for Liverpool

He's not quite Messi but Shelvey set for 'false nine' role as Suarez serves ban

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 8 December 2012

Liverpool’s lack of striking options will be starkly illustrated tomorrow when midfielder Jonjo Shelvey assumes the role reserved for Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan, who is the joint leading scorer in the Barclays Premier League, is banned for the trip to West Ham, while his normal replacement Fabio Borini remains out with a foot injury.

It means Brendan Rodgers will deploy Shelvey as a ‘false nine’ at Upton Park but the manager is not concerned it will be detrimental to his side’s hopes of winning.

Big chance: Jonjo Shelvey will spearhead Liverpool's attack against West Ham

Big chance: Jonjo Shelvey will spearhead Liverpool's attack against West Ham

Rodgers has been a huge advocate of the 20-year-old since he became Liverpool manager and is adamant that his side have enough threat to cope with the enforced absence of Suarez.

‘I saw an interesting stat that we have had 15 different goalscorers this season,’ said Rodgers, who will also be able to call on Steven Gerrard after he missed the midweek trip to Italy with sickness.

‘We are only three goalscorers behind the record for the club in a season, which is 18. There are goals there. Jonjo is an attack-minded player, he has an instinct for a goal, and we have worked that way before.’

Banned: Luis Suarez will miss Liverpool's clash with West Ham

Banned: Luis Suarez will miss Liverpool's clash with West Ham

Shelvey, who comes from a family of West Ham supporters, spent a short period at the club’s Academy when he was 12 but ended up leaving over the way he felt they treated his brother, George, who had also been on their books.

A naturally confident character, Shelvey – who made his England senior debut against San Marino in October – is looking forward to the challenge.

‘I am excited about it,’ said Shelvey. ‘I supported West Ham as a boy but it is not easy to fill the boots of a player like Luis Suarez. I will just give it my best shot. I played against Young Boys in that role and I did all right. It is the same in any successful team. The goals have got to come from all over.’

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4 – match report:

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4: Inspired Ince turns on style to put sorry Posh to the sword

PUBLISHED:

17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

Thomas Ince scored two and created another to propel Blackpool to a 4-1 win against lowly Peterborough at London Road.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the visitors before Ince, who provided the cross for the first goal, made it 2-0 from the spot.

Dwight Gayle grabbed one back for Posh, but goals from Nouha Dicko and a second for Ince sealed the points for Blackpool late on.

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

MATCH FACTS

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Rowe 58), Brisley, Little (Ferdinand 78), McCann, Newell, Knight-Percival, Thorne, Tomlin, Boyd (Swanson 55), Gayle

Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Gomes, Osbourne (Dicko 80), Ince, Thomas (K Phillips 87), Delfouneso (Angel 80)

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Sylvestre

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 5,633

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Posh started the day rooted to the
bottom of the npower Championship after a dismal November, which saw
them beaten on five occasions as they picked up only a single point away
at Ipswich.

Blackpool were also looking to end a
winless run, with Appleton picking up four straight draws since starting
his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders took the early
initiative, with Craig Cathcart's header from six yards drawing the
first save of the match from Robert Olejnik after a decent free-kick was
whipped in from just outside the box by Ince.

They continued to press as Tiago Gomes blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards that went just over the bar.

But Posh fired Appleton's side a
warning shot shortly afterwards as George Boyd found himself clean
through on goal and his left-footed strike forced Matt Gilks into a fine
save with his feet.

Two minutes into the second half
Blackpool's Chris Basham picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mark
Little as Peterborough started well. It was his fifth booking of the
season so he will miss the trip to Crystal Palace next week.

Before long the away side began to exert themselves on proceedings again, taking the lead in the 51st minute through Thomas.

Ince, a constant threat, played a delightful ball from the left-hand side which Thomas met perfectly to send it past Olejnik.

Appleton's side had their tails up now
and their second goal arrived from the spot after Thomas was brought
down by Shaun Brisley in the 57th minute.

Ince stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score in the bottom-left corner.

Posh came back at Blackpool, throwing
everything they had at them, and they were rewarded when Gayle pounced
on a back-pass from Alex Baptiste to pull one back in the 70th minute.

But any hopes of a comeback were
dashed 12 minutes later as Dicko slid in to connect with Angel
Martinez's cross and make it 3-1.

Blackpool were not done as Ince capped
off a fine individual performance with a superb strike from 20 yards
that sailed into the top-left corner.

Wasps 14 Leicester 12: Match report

Wasps 14 Leicester 12: Deadly Varndell and Thomas put Tigers to sword

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 25 November 2012

Lee Thomas came off the bench at half-time to kick two penalties which secured Wasps a narrow victory over Leicester.

Tom Varndell, the Aviva Premiership's leading tryscorer, struck with his eighth of the season against his former club after only three minutes, with fly-half Nick Robinson landing a first half penalty for Wasps.

Wasps were awarded for their bold attacking approach as they maintained their unbeaten record in all competitions at Adams Park this season.

One that got away: Christian Wade evades a tackle

One that got away: Christian Wade evades a tackle

Fly-half George Ford replied with
four penalties for the Tigers, who stay fifth in the table after going
into the match needing an 11-point win to go top and depose leaders
Harlequins.

Varndell finished a slick
threequarter passing move by taking a pass from centre Elliot Daly and
bursting through Mathew Tait's tackle to dive over in the left-hand
corner.

Only a last-ditch tackle by winger
Niall Morris denied Wasps' other winger Christian Wade – second in the
Premiership try-scoring list – his sixth league try of the season.

The 21-year-old hot prospect showed
tremendous footwork, racing past six players on a brilliant run from the
halfway line before being hauled down a metre from the line.

The early pressure paid off with
Leicester conceding a penalty, kicked by Robinson who had failed to
convert Varndell's try from the touchline.

Down: Tom Varndell scores Wasps' first try

Down: Tom Varndell scores Wasps' first try

No way through: Nick Robinson is tackled by Leicester's Sam Harrison and George Ford

No way through: Nick Robinson is tackled by Leicester's Sam Harrison and George Ford

But it was cancelled out by Ford, who opened Leicester's account with a 40-metre penalty five minutes later.

Leicester worked their way back into
the match after the early onslaught but former England hooker George
Chuter twice squandered attacking momentum by throwing long at the
lineout and gifting Wasps possession.

Daly, the home side's long-range
kicking option, attempted a penalty from five metres inside his own
half. He made the distance but was just wide of the post.

A scrum infringement by Tigers presented Wasps with a 40-metre penalty but Robinson's effort rebounded from the post.

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No chance: Billy Vunipola powers his way through

Varndell crossed again in the 48th
minute but was denied a second try when the final pass from full-back
Hugo Southwell was ruled forward by the TMO following an excellent
build-up by Robinson and Daly.

Thomas, a half-time replacement for
Chris Bell in the centre, took over the kicking duties to land the 52nd
minute penalty which put Wasps back in front after Leicester were caught
offside 30 metres out.

Seven minutes later Thomas increased
the lead with his second penalty from 40 metres but it was cancelled out
within two minutes by Ford's fourth penalty, which reduced the gap to
two points.

Ford missed the chance to edge
Leicester ahead eight minutes from time when his penalty from wide out
of the left flew just wide of the near post.

At the other end, Thomas was wide for
Wasps from a similar position but they kept Leicester out of their half
in the closing minutes.

Leicester 22 London Irish 15: Match report

Leicester 22 London Irish 15: Ford bags 17 points to seal victory for 14-man Tigers

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18:31 GMT, 18 November 2012

Holders Leicester fought off a ferocious fightback by London Irish at Welford Road to get their LV=Cup campaign back on track.

Trailing 19-8 with 11 minutes left, Irish threw everything at Leicester who were down to 14 men and scored their second try of the afternoon to reduce the deficit to four points.

But Leicester kept their cool, fought their way upfield and young fly-half George Ford sealed victory with his fifth penalty of the game, taking his tally to 17 points.

Star of the show: George Ford (right) scored 17 points for Tigers on their way to victory

Star of the show: George Ford (right) scored 17 points for Tigers on their way to victory

Leicester's victory keeps alive their hopes of retaining the cup after losing their opening game at Saracens.

Their only try came from lock Rob Andrew, while Irish scored two through Anthony Watson and Tom Homer, with fly-half Ian Humphreys kicking a penalty and a conversion.

Irish, who started their cup campaign with a win over Sale, started brightly and led 8-0 after nine minutes thanks to a penalty from fly-half Humphreys and a fabulous try by full-back Watson.

It was made by winger Topsy Ojo, who capped a brilliant break down the right wing with a well-timed inside pass for Watson to score. Humphreys failed with the conversion.

But Leicester hit back and dominated the rest of the half. They led 10-8 after 24 minutes, a lead that could have been bigger but for two missed penalties in the 16th and 30th minutes from Ford.

Leicester scored 10 points inside four minutes, their try coming after some fierce pressure on the Irish line. Humphreys' charged down kick led to a line-out five metres out, the Tigers pinched it and Andrew surged infield before barging his way over near the posts for his first try for the club on his fifth appearance to give Ford an easy conversion.

Hand-off: Ed Slater (right) holds off Declan Danaher

Hand-off: Ed Slater (right) holds off Declan Danaher

Not quite: Shane Geraghty (right) and the rest of the London Irish team were unable to steal a win

Not quite: Shane Geraghty (right) and the rest of the London Irish team were unable to steal a win

Ford then slotted a 40-metre penalty after locks George Skivington and Matt Garvey were warned for taking out Brett Deacon in the air at a line-out.

And with a minute to go the 19-year-old Ford, who was the International Rugby Board's Young Player of the Year in 2011, capped a fine first half with a 40-metre penalty to stretch Leicester's lead to 13-8.

Leicester piled into the Irish at the start of the second half and got their reward for some strong attacks when the referee awarded them a penalty in front of the posts which Ford kicked in the 49th minute to make it 16-8.

Irish's best moment came when Humphreys made a sizzling counter-attack from his own 22 but his pass to scrum-half Darren Allinson, who looked likely to score, went forward.

Gotcha: Slater claims the ball from a line-out

Gotcha: Slater claims the ball from a line-out

Leicester, with young prop Fraser Balmain having a fine game, also dominated the scrums and they earned themselves a penalty 56 metres out when they demolished the Irish pack and Ford banged it over.

Allinson put some much-needed fizz into Irish with a fabulous break from a ruck before feeding Garvey, who looked certain to score before Micky Young brought him down 10 metres out.

Irish were eventually awarded a penalty near the posts but somehow Humphreys contrived to miss it.

Leicester had prop Boris Stankovich sent off for a high tackle, much to the annoyance of the 17,569 crowd, and the extra man told with 11 minutes left when replacement Homer squeezed over in the left corner. Humphreys' brilliant conversion reduced the arrears to four points.

Ford, however, sealed an important win for Leicester with his fifth penalty with two minutes left.

Harlequins 21 Bath 12

Harlequins 21 Bath 12: Botica inspires Quins to second LV Cup victory

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22:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Main man: Ben Botica

Main man: Ben Botica

Fly-half Ben Botica only played the first half but his 15 points set Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins on the way to their second victory in the LV Cup.

The 23-year-old son of former Wigan and Castleford rugby league star Frano Botica kicked five penalties from five attempts for Quins, 31-30 winners at Northampton last weekend.

Botica's teenage replacement Louis Grimoldby added two second-half penalties to kill off a fightback by Bath, who had been comprehensively outplayed in the first period.

Former All Blacks fly-half Stephen Donald kicked three penalties for the visitors, with his replacement Tom Heathcote kicking one.

But their cause was not helped by the sin-binning of prop Anthony Perinese in the first half and replacement hooker Brett Sharman in the second.

Harlequins, with first-choice centres Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe returning from knee and ankle injuries respectively, totally dominated the first half but lacked the cutting edge to score a try.

Botica, standing in for the rested Nick Evans, booted Quins into the lead with a first-minute penalty, landing another three minutes later.

He kicked his third in the 14th minute following a scrum infringement but Donald reduced the deficit soon after.

The Harlequins scrum was proving a real handful and, after back-pedalling Bath offended again in the 19th minute, Botica stroked over his fourth penalty to make it 12-3.

Bath were punished for yet another scrum infringement and Perinese was sin-binned by referee James Jones after 26 minutes.

However, three minutes later Donald kicked his second penalty when Harlequins were caught offside on their own 22-metre line.

Quins responded with Botica's fifth penalty from wide out on the left.

Struggle: Tom Guest powers through for Harlequins

Struggle: Tom Guest powers through for Harlequins

After being forced to defend for virtually the entire half, Bath finally made their first incursion into the Quins 22 in the final minute.

Harlequins desperately defended a wave of attacks and even though Bath prop Charlie Beech forced his way over, he was held up by weight of numbers.

Botica, who had taken a heavy knock late in the first half, was replaced by teenager Louis Grimoldby, who made his senior debut.

Donald pulled back another penalty for Bath six minutes into the second half, but the visitors then suffered a blow with the loss of centre Ben Williams, who was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury.

Bath replaced Williams with Semesa Rokoduguni and sent on first-choice scrum-half Michael Claassens – making his 150th appearance for the club – for Chris Cook in a bid to turn their fortunes around.

Claasens immediately linked with Donald to set up an attack and Bath posed a far more serious threat as Quins lost their earlier momentum.

Heathcote, who had replaced Donald seven minutes earlier, cut the deficit to three points with a 65th-minute penalty but Grimoldby restored the six-point margin three minutes later and added another penalty eight minutes from time.