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LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Cup semi-finals

LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Cup semi-finals – watch the action unfold here

Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby

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10:04 GMT, 2 March 2013

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10:05 GMT, 2 March 2013

The Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby has officially entered the business end of the competition with the Finals at Twickenham now only weeks away.

Today, Sportsmail brings you LIVE action from the U18s Cup semi-finals at Broadstreet RFC in Coventry.

At 11am, Dulwich take on Hampton to get us underway, followed by Warwick versus Northampton School for Boys.

A place in the prestigious Final on March 23 is up for grabs. Who will be there Find out here and watch all the drama as it unfolds on the video player below…

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Mario Balotelli scores again for AC Milan, his fourth goal in three league games, with a curling free-kick against Parma

Milan falls deeper in love with Mario (and so does his girlfriend) after Balotelli grabs his FOURTH goal in three games back home

-13 season for Manchester City.

The volatile Italian forward has made an instant impact on his return to Milan and he scored yet again with a 78th-minute free-kick at the San Siro in a 2-1 win over Parma.

His girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha, a Belgian model, was in the stands to see his curling free-kick and she caught the eye as she made heart shapes with her hands… presumably aimed at Balotelli.

You beauty: Mario Balotelli curls in a 78th-minute free-kick against Parma

You beauty: Mario Balotelli curls in a 78th-minute free-kick against Parma

Flying start! The Italian scored his fourth goal in three league games for Milan

Flying start! The Italian scored his fourth goal in three league games for Milan

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Why always me Balotelli celebrates his goal at the San Siro

Embrace: Balotelli celebrates his goal with team-mate Riccardo Montolivo

Embrace: Balotelli celebrates his goal with team-mate Riccardo Montolivo

Since Balotelli left the Etihad in January, not a lot has gone right for Manchester City as draws against QPR and Liverpool as well as defeat at Southampton have all but ended their chances of retaining the Premier League crown they won on a dramatic final day last year.

But the controversial striker has made a flying start to his Milan career, which began with fireworks on the day of his arrival.

In the stands: Balotelli's girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha makes a heart shape with her hands

In the stands: Balotelli's girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha makes a heart shape with her hands

Guest: Balotelli's girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha makes a heart shape with her hands

Jack Butland up for grabs as cash-strapped Birmingham listen to offers for first-team stars

Butland up for grabs as cash-strapped Birmingham listen to offers for first-team stars

By
Sunni Upal

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19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

Highly-rated English goalkeeper Jack Butland could be set for a cut-price move to the Premier League as cash-strapped Birmingham look to balance the books.

The Championship club are in financial meltdown and are open to offers for any first-team players.

With the 2011 Carling Cup winners willing to offload their stars at the right price, Butland may finally be on his way to the top-flight with Liverpool, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton all reportedly showing an interest.

Target: Jack Butland is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Target: Jack Butland is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Thirteen-goal leading scorer Marlon King is the latest player to attract speculation but reports he has been told he can leave Birmingham on a free as they look to offload his services are wide of the mark.

City have received only one formal bid for any of their players since the January transfer window opened but they rejected Nottingham Forest's 300,000 offer for Chris Burke.

Other players heavily linked with a move away include Nikola Zigic, Curtis Davies and Nathan Redmond as Birmingham look to stave off the threat of administration.

Rejected: Birmingham turned down Nottingham Forest's bid for Chris Burke

Rejected: Birmingham turned down Nottingham Forest's bid for Chris Burke

Wembley set to be renamed in EE deal

Wembley could be RENAMED as FA consider shock 8m rights deal for the home of football

By
John Drayton

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07:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

The Football Association are considering renaming Wembley Stadium in a controversial move that will outrage fans.

In a deal worth a reported 8million-a-year, the historic ground will be known as 'Wembley Stadium in association with EE' in a tie in with the mobile phone operator.

The FA agreed a similar deal for the FA Cup, which is officially known as the FA Cup Sponsored By Budweiser.

Rebrand: Wembley Stadium supported by EE looks set to be the new name of the famous London ground

Rebrand: Wembley Stadium supported by EE looks set to be the new name of the famous London ground

Wembley

According to the Daily Telegraph, the FA insisted that naming rights, in the way Arsenal's stadium is known as the Emirates, were not up for grabs and that 'Wembley' had to remain in place.

Wembley has a number of current commercial deals including a deal with Carlsberg as the 'Official Beer of Wembley Stadium'. EE was formed when Orange and T-Mobile merged in 2010.

The FA has been seeking a lead sponsor for the stadium since it was opened in 2007 and the original stadium, built in 1923, was known as the Empire Exhibition Stadium.

With a capacity of 90,000, Wembley is the second biggest stadium and Europe and cost 757million to build.

The stadium also hosts major rugby league games, including the Challenge Cup and International Rugby League. The stadium has also played host to the NFL.

Nigel Adkins laughs off the pressure ahead of QPR match

El Sackico! Adkins v Hughes in battle to dodge sack at the foot of Premier League

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17:06 GMT, 15 November 2012

Nigel Adkins laughed at the suggestion Southampton’s match against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday could be branded ‘El Sackico’.

Both Adkins and QPR boss Mark Hughes are under pressure with their teams sitting at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

But the Saints boss was not showing any signs of stress on Thursday as he smiled at the prospect – just two days ahead of already one of the biggest matches of his managerial career.

No pressure: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins smiled at suggestions this Saturday's relegation clash with QPR could be termed 'El Sackico'

No pressure: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins smiled at suggestions this Saturday's relegation clash with QPR could be termed 'El Sackico'

He chuckled: ‘It’s a good one that. It tickled me. I don’t feel under pressure.It’s the next game in the journey that we’re on. Every game that you look at has three points up for grabs.

‘That’s what we’ve got to go and do. We’ve already established that we’re at the wrong end of the league table. We can’t hide away from that and so the importance of the next game is always going to be highlighted.

‘But it is going to be like that for us for the remainder of the campaign. It’s a tough league that we’re in, we’re well aware of that, but one we love being in and one we expect to be in for many, many years to come.’

The 47-year-old, who led Southampton to back-to-back promotions in the previous two seasons, believes their start to his first season in the Premier League could have been different had decisions not gone against them.

Thrown away: Southampton led Swansea last weekend through Morgan Schneiderlin's goal, but had to ultimately settle for a point

Thrown away: Southampton led Swansea last weekend through Morgan Schneiderlin's goal, but had to ultimately settle for a point

Vote of confidence: Having guided Southampton to successive promotions, Adkins retains the support of many of the fans

Vote of confidence: Having guided Southampton to successive promotions, Adkins retains the support of many of the fans

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Nigel Adkins (Southampton) – 11/10
Mark Hughes (QPR) – 2/1
Martin O'Neill (Sunderland) – 8/1
Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) – 10/1
Paul Lambert (Aston Villa) – 25/1
Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) – 25/1

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And added: ‘We’ve had a good home win, a couple of draws that could have been wins.

'At the weekend a referee decision going our way could have changed things around, against West Brom a referee decision going our way may have changed things around, against Man City on the first game of the season we should have had a penalty that wasn’t given.

'When it was analysed after by the assessors, it should have been a penalty. So quite a few referee decisions have gone against us, but that will change.’

Jenson Button"s F1 car on sale on e-Bay for 25,000

Fancy yourself as the next Jenson Button Well, splash out on his old F1 car… if you've got a spare 25,000!

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14:37 GMT, 13 November 2012

For all last-minute shoppers out there – here's one way to avoid a Christmas Eve pit-stop on the bustling High Street.

Jenson Button's Honda Racing show car from the 2003 season is on sale on e-Bay and can be yours for 'only' 25,000.

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Stop start: The car doesn't have engine or control pedals

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One (not so) careful owner: Button finished ninth in the drivers' championship in 2003…

One (not so careful) owner: Button is rescued by medical staff after crashing in 2003

… despite crashing in Monaco (but don't worry it's not the car on e-Bay)

'Opportunities to purchase recent f1 show cars are few and far between. The scope of use for this car is endless and can cover everything from commercial display to personal.

'Ornament and the ultimate seat for playstation racing games.

'Surely the perfect present for all jenson button fans.

'The car can be viewed in wolverhampton at the wolverhampton mazda, ssangyong, subaru garage! Telephone: 01902 351 153'

The sale will end on Friday.

Rod Stewart bursts into tears after Celtic"s historic win over Barcelona

We are WAILING! Rod Stewart bursts into tears after Celtic's historic win over Barca

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22:55 GMT, 7 November 2012

It all got a little bit much for Rod Stewart as he watched his beloved Celtic run out victors against one of the best sides in world football at Parkhead.

The former Faces frontman was in the stands cheering on his Bhoys – on the week of the club’s 125th anniversary – on a momentous night in Glasgow.

Victor Wanyama and teenager Tony Watt bagged a goal a piece, as a Lionel Messi-led fightback came all too late for the Spanish giants, handing Celtic a 2-1 win.

We are wailing: Emotions got the better of Rod Stewart as he burst into tears after the final whistle

We are wailing: Emotions got the better of Rod Stewart as he burst into tears after the final whistle

We are wailing: Emotions got the better of Rod Stewart as he burst into tears after the final whistle

But as the swathes of Celtic fans bounced to the tune of Depeche Mode’s I Just Can’t Get Enough at the final whistle and Neil Lennon ran onto the pitch, an overwhelmed Stewart was left in flood of tears as he came to grips with one of Celtic’s great nights in European competition across the ages.

As he blubbers uncontrollably and holds a handkerchief to his eyes and mouth, a friend grabs him as if to say: ‘We’ve done it!’

Celtic were unable to hang on for a draw two weeks ago at the Nou Camp, where Jordi Alba grabbed a last-dicth winner after Barca relentlessly pressed throughout the second half.

But this time a robust Celtic outfit were more than up to the task.

All smiles: Earlier in the game Stewart appeared a little calmer

All smiles: Earlier in the game Stewart appeared a little calmer

Messi finally beat the near-impregnable Fraser Forster just after the 90th minute, but there wasn’t enough time for Tito Vilanova’s men to spoil the party this time.

So strong is the 67-year-old rocker’s love for Celtic, that he mentions the club in his 1977 hit You’re In My Heart.

He sings: ‘You're an essay in glamour/Please pardon the grammar/But you're every schoolboy's dream/You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided/You're the best team I've ever seen’

But based on the images on Sky Sports after Celtic’s 2-1 win, another of his hits springs to mind.

‘It’s a heartache, nothing but a heartache…’

Disbelief: 18-year-old Tony Watt took 11 minutes before scoring against Barcelona

Disbelief: 18-year-old Tony Watt took 11 minutes before scoring against Barcelona

First look at British and Irish Lions shirt for next summer"s tour to Australia

First look at British and Irish Lions shirt for next summer's tour to Australia

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17:57 GMT, 29 October 2012

Here is the first picture of the British and Irish Lions shirt for next summer’s three-Test tour to Australia.

The adidas shirt features a collar for the first time since the victorious South Africa tour of 1997 – incidentally the last time the Lions won a series.

Although similar to the collarless shirt worn on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa, the more traditional neck line has been chosen to mark the 125-year anniversary of the Lions.

High collar rugby: The British and Irish Lions will be wearing a collar for the first time in more than a decade

High collar rugby: The British and Irish Lions will be wearing a collar for the first time in more than a decade

Head coach Warren Gatland – who has taken an extended sabbatical from his role as head coach of Wales – will name his back-room staff in Edinburgh next month. Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards is expected to be part of that line-up, but the other positions are up for grabs.

Gatland said last month that he would be taking a position between continuity and freshness. 'One of the things we learned from 2009 and Lions as a concept is that for it to be successful you want some continuity,' he said.

'You want to learn from previous tours and have people involved from them, but it is important as well to have fresh faces.

On the rampage: Martin Johnson leads the Lions from the front on the 1997 tour to South Africa

On the rampage: Martin Johnson leads the Lions from the front on the 1997 tour to South Africa

'In 2009 under Sir Ian McGeechan, we got back to what the Lions were traditionally about, not picking too big a squad, having the players room together and getting out and doing community stuff, such as school and hospital visits.

'We also wanted to play an attractive brand of rugby, which we did and were unlucky not to win the series. Ideally we would like to announce the coaches before the autumn: in 2009 our first selection meeting was after three rounds of the Six Nations.'

Didier Drogba future still in doubt, says Shanghai Shenhua

Shenhua given two-week cash deadline with chaos still surrounding Drogba's future

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11:12 GMT, 17 September 2012

The future of Didier Drogba continues to lurch from one crisis to another with the Ivorian's club admitting that he and Nicolas Anelka could still be forced out over a boardroom battle.

The former Chelsea man only moved to Shanghai Shenhua in the summer but his time has been blighted by a financial row among shareholders.

Drogba, who earns 250,000 per week, starred in the weekend win over Liaoning Whowin having been his backing by manager Sergio Batista who insisted things had been resolved.

Up for grabs: Didier Drogba still doesn't know what the future holds

Up for grabs: Didier Drogba still doesn't know what the future holds

However, the billionaire businessman behind the vast investment refuted the claims of a deal and local media reported the tycoon had threatened to withhold the salaries of foreign players.

On a social network site, Zhu Jun wrote: 'Now, I made a difficult decision to believe you one more time, one last time! And this time I have a deadline: two weeks,'

It is claimed that following his initial purchase and investment for 28.5 per cent stake in the club, Zhu was due a rise to 70 per cent based on continued funds being able.

Shanghai Youth Daily newspaper carried a quote on from an unnamed source, saying: 'If this issue is not resolved satisfactorily, from October Zhu Jun might take action.

'If the issue of Drogba's salary is still not effectively handled, he might again book a ticket home.'

Shenhua are ninth in Chinese Super League.

Stuart Pearce wants Under 21s to improve

Pearce happy with England Under 21s but says side must improve to seal place at Euros

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 10 September 2012

Stuart Pearce was satisfied with a job well done after England topped qualifying group eight, but the Under 21 manager claimed his side will need to improve if they are to seal their place at the European Championship finals in Israel next summer.

England ensured their place in the playoffs with Thursday's 2-0 victory in Azerbaijan but the group – and in theory a more favourable draw in next month's knock-out double-headers as one of the seeded teams – was up for grabs against Norway at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Monday.

And Pearce's side won it courtesy of Connor Wickham's first goal for the Under 21s two minutes before half-time.

More to come: Stuart Pearce wants to see more from the likes of Connor Wickham in his Under 21 side

More to come: Stuart Pearce wants to see more from the likes of Connor Wickham in his Under 21 side

However, the Young Lions made hard work of the victory, with Norway having the better of the second half and counting themselves unlucky not to equalise when Havard Nielsen's effort struck the underside of the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

Following the 1-0 win Pearce said: 'If you look at the eight days we've been together as a group, overall it's very pleasing.

'We've had a lot of travelling commitments and managed to pick up a good victory that set us up for this game.

Vying: England Under 21s topped their group with a win over Norway on Monday

Vying: England Under 21s topped their group with a win over Norway on Monday

Pearce was happy with his side's showing on Monday

Pearce was happy with his side's showing on Monday

'The performances over two games of
Danny Rose, Martin Kelly, both the goalkeepers and Steven Caulker has
been pleasing, while Tom Ince has come in and it's his first taste of
Under-21 football and we've had four new faces come into the group as
well.

'To win seven out of eight games in this group at international football isn't easy.

'We're pleased with that and pleased to have topped the group but we know full well that we're going to have to play better next month if we are going to be successful and get to the finals.'

Pearce added: 'I think Norway came out of the traps fantastically well, they're a tough side and I think they'll cause anyone a problem in the play-offs.

'It wasn't a convincing performance by us but I felt we improved a bit at the start of the second half.'

Wickham took his goal well. The Sunderland striker latched onto a defensive mistake and, bearing down on goal, confidently tucked away his chance from close-range.

It was the 19-year-old's first goal since October last year.

'I'm pleased for Connor, he has worked very hard this week and been patient for his chance,' said Pearce.

'He hasn't played a great deal of football, and it's the same with Martyn Waghorn at this stage if the season and certainly one or two others are in the same boat as well so they will find this quite demanding.

'But it is football at a high standard so it will help them and help their clubs as well.'