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Everton sign John Stones from Barnsley on transfer deadline day

Everton beat host of Premier League rivals to signature of Barnsley defender Stones

Andy James


22:35 GMT, 31 January 2013



00:03 GMT, 1 February 2013

Everton have signed defender John Stones from Barnsley on a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Sportsmail revealed last month that relegation-threatened Wigan had joined Chelsea, Aston Villa Sunderland, Manchester City and Everton in the race for the 3million-rated prospect.

Stones is one of the most coveted young defenders in the country and is a real coup for manager David Moyes.

On the move: John Stones (left) has left Barnsley for Goodison Park

On the move: John Stones (left) has left Barnsley for Goodison Park

He told Everton's official website: 'I am very excited to be joining Everton. I've been very impressed with everything I have seen at Finch Farm already. Now the hard work begins.'

The 6ft 2in England Under 19 international made his Tykes debut last March after progressing through the youth ranks at Oakwell.

He featured 28 times for the npower Championship club, netting his first goal in the 4-3 Capital One Cup triumph over Rochdale in August.

In demand: Stones had attracted the attention of several big clubs

In demand: Stones had attracted the attention of several big clubs

Stones added: 'I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everybody at Barnsley for helping me in my development.

'They include Ronnie Branson and all the academy staff; Keith Hill and David Flitcroft for giving me the chance to play first-team football. Also all the backroom staff such as Guy Proctor, John Lucas and Craig Sedgwick.

'They are just some of the people who I owe a debt of gratitude to and I wish Barnsley every success for the future.'

West Ham defender Daniel Potts leaves hospital after frightening head injury at Arsenal

West Ham defender Potts leaves hospital after frightening head injury at Arsenal

Jim Van Wijk, Press Association


10:39 GMT, 24 January 2013



20:10 GMT, 24 January 2013

West Ham defender Daniel Potts has left hospital and returned home following the head injury he suffered in his side's 5-1 defeat at Arsenal last night.

Potts had replaced Jack Collison just after the hour mark at the Emirates Stadium, but suffered a nasty concussion following a heavy fall after an accidental aerial collision with Bacary Sagna.

The 18-year-old spent last night in hospital and underwent further scans and tests today, which came back positively.

Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Potts has expressed his gratitude for
the messages of support he has received and will undergo a period of
rest before being allowed to resume light training in the gym.

Potts received lengthy treatment from
medical staff, eventually being taken from the field on a stretcher, in a
neck brace, receiving gas and covered in an emergency blanket before
being transferred to a nearby hospital for observation.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed backing for Potts, writing on Twitter: 'Best wishes & quick recovery to @DanPotts03. Concussion in football is a big issue that FIFA is taking very seriously.'

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates following the collision

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates following the collision

Danny Potts

Speaking after the match last night, Sam Allardyce
said: 'Potts was unable to give the correct answers to the questions the
doctor asked, which shows a concussion to the brain.

'They put him on the oxygen and strapped him, just to make sure there was no damage to the spine or the neck.

'He was out for a few seconds, maybe a minute, and was not fully conscious when he came off.

'We were concerned at how long it
took. They have to make sure they protect the spine the right way,
getting them on the stretcher – that is why it took the time it did.'

Out: Potts was released from hospital on Thursday

Out: Potts was released from hospital on Thursday

He added: 'Hopefully he will make a speedy
recovery. As he lost consciousness it is a minimum of two weeks, I
think, before he can play again.'

Jack Collison, who scored his first
goal since returning from lengthy injury, said losing
Potts would be a big blow.

'It's disappointing,' the midfielder
said. 'He's been magnificent for us these past few weeks. To get a
chance tonight at a place like this is what he's worked so hard for.

'We wish him a speedy recovery. I
think there was a clash, these things happen. You've got to say well
done to the medical team, they got in there and he's in the best hands.'

Nicole Cooke retires from cycling and attacks drug cheats

When Lance cries on Oprah spare a thought for those who walked away with shattered dreams: Golden girl Cooke slams drug cheats after retiring from cycling


Cooke had thought she could put an indifferent four years behind her and mount a defence of her title, but finished only 31st.

The time between Beijing and London
was marked by a spat with Armitstead at the 2011 World Championships,
when Cooke was accused of riding 'for herself', rather than the team.

The duo put that behind them before again being team-mates at last summer's Olympics.

Armitstead was among the first to pay
tribute to Cooke, writing on Twitter: 'Congratulations to Nicole Cooke
on a fantastic career!'

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: 'There is no doubt that Nicole has been a pioneering force in women's cycling.

'British Cycling owes a huge debt of gratitude to her and wish her all the best.'


Team-mate: Elizabeth Armitstead and Nicole Cooke

1983 – Born April 13, Swansea, Wales.

2000 – Wins gold medals in World Championship junior road races in France and Spain.

2001 – Continues that success with further wins in junior race and time-trial in Portugal.Awarded the Bidlake Memorial Prize, given for outstanding performance or contribution to the betterment of cycling.

2002 – Wins gold medal in women’s road race at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

2003 – Wins the women’s road race World Cup, the youngest to do so and the first Briton. Named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

2004 – Becomes the youngest winner of the Giro d’Italia Femminile.

August – Finishes fifth in road race in the Athens Olympics.

2006 – Wins the bronze medal in the road race at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
September – Wins road race World Cup for the second time.

2008 – August – Wins gold medal in road race at the Beijing Olympics, Britain’s first medal of the Games.

September – Becomes first cyclist to win World Championships and Olympics in same year with victory in Varese, Italy.

2009: June – Wins Giro del Trentino, before triumphing in British Championships road race for the ninth time.

2010: June – Beaten into third place as Emma Pooley wins British Championships.

September – Fourth in World Championships road race.

October – Fifth in Commonwealth Games road race.

2011: June – Fourth in British Championships as Lizzie Armitstead wins.

July – Wins Giro D’Italia stage five.

September – Has a well-publicised spat with Armitstead, who was
nominated leader at World Championships but accused Cooke of riding 'for

2012: June – Sixth at British Championships road race.

July – Finishes 31st in defence of her Olympic title as Armitstead (above) claims
Britain’s first medal of London 2012, a silver behind Marianne Vos of

September – Finishes 60th as Vos wins the world title in Limburg, Holland.

2013: January 14 – Announces retirement.

Raheem Sterling commits international future to England ahead of Jamaica

Sterling eyes place in Hodgson's starting XI after committing international future to England



22:02 GMT, 25 December 2012

Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England and is determined to cement his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad by firing Liverpool’s push for the top four.

The Liverpool winger, who last week ended speculation about his club future by signing a five-year deal, won his first senior cap in the 4-2 defeat against Sweden last month and has represented England at every level from Under-16 onwards.

Sterling’s appearance in Stockholm, though, had not erased the possibility of him opting to pursue an international career with Jamaica – where he was born and the country where he lived until he was six – and the President of the Jamaican FA, Horace Burrell, held talks with him in October.

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

However, Sterling has revealed he will not be abandoning England, as he feels a debt of gratitude to the football system in which he has grown up. The 18-year-old can now expect to be given plenty more opportunities under Hodgson on the road to the 2014 World Cup.

'It was a dream come true (to play against Sweden),’ said Sterling. ‘As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an Under 16 call up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

'I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. Obviously I’ve got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing. But I couldn’t turn my back on England because I’ve grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there.

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

'I couldn’t just switch over. So it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. It’s 100 per cent going to be England from now on.’ This has been a whirlwind season for one with such a precocious talent and, in the space of five months, Sterling has gone from being an unheralded reserve to one of the most important players in Liverpool’s squad. His rise was reflected in the lucrative contract he signed last Friday.

Given all the talk that surrounded contract discussions, there has been a perception that Sterling is a cocky young man but that is far removed from the truth; his team-mates tell of him being humble, grounded and eager to learn. Sterling puts that down to the influence of his mother, Nadine.

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

'The contract was never about finance,’ said Sterling, who is expected to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up at Stoke this evening. ‘I just really wanted to get the contract sorted. When people were asking why I wasn’t signing it was at a time when we hadn’t even started negotiating

'Will I get distracted No. I’ve got a good mum who always looks after me and helps me to keep my head down so that’s good. It’s obviously good that my mum has moved up here with my brothers and sisters because it’s a good feeling to be with your family.’

It isn’t just with off the field matters that mother knows best. Sterling has only scored one goal in 26 appearances for Liverpool this year and the statistic has been noted, both in the manager’s office at Anfield and at home.

'Mum wouldn’t let my feet get off the ground,’ explained Sterling, who moved to Liverpool from QPR in February 2010. ‘She thinks she knows a lot about football. She tries to tell me what I can do better.

'Some of the things the manager is telling me she is telling me as well, like about getting into the box. She says: “You’re never in the box!” but she must have a point because the manager is saying it as well!’ I really need to kick on in the New Year and show the fans and the club what I can do.’

Bradford"s Phil Parkinson gets one over former employers Arsenal

From Arsenal scout to taking the Gunners' scalp! Parkinson was part of Wenger's team before inspiring Bradford cup shock



10:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson showed little gratitude to his former club Arsenal in dumping them out of the Carling Cup last night.

Sportsmail revealed in April 2011 how the 45-year-old had taken up a role as a northern-based scout for the Gunners.

Happy man: Phil Parkinson

Dejected: Arsene Wenger

Mixed emotions: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is all smiles after his cup scalp as Arsene Wenger looks dejected after the shock defeat

Parkinson is highly thought of within coaching circles having attended various courses and seminars across the country on his way to completing the UEFA B badge in 2005.

That, together with his good relationship with Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, saw Parkinson join Arsenal's scouting set up after he was sacked as Charlton boss in January 2011.

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Not that his time spent at the Emirates Stadium mattered one iota last night as he masterminded a euphoric penalty shoot-out win over his ex-employers to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere: England selection is massive confidence booster

England call-up is a massive boost for my confidence, says Arsenal ace Wilshere



15:56 GMT, 9 November 2012

Jack Wilshere has described his hunger to get back into the game during his 17-month injury lay-off and his gratitude to England manager Roy Hodgson for giving him his confidence back by picking him.

In an exclusive interview that will appear in full in Saturday's Daily Mail, the Arsenal midfielder reveals how much he missed football while he was forced to watch Arsenal from the sidelines.

'I'm grateful to Roy for picking me,' said Wilshere. 'That's just a massive confidence boost to know you're part of his plans.

On the ball: Wilshere's exclusive interview will appear in Saturday's Daily Mail

On the ball: Wilshere's exclusive interview will appear in Saturday's Daily Mail

'I missed so much football that I just want to play every game now. When I was left out of the Capital One Cup game I was gutted because I really wanted to play but I've got to be sensible.'

The 20-year-old has only just returned to action with Arsenal but was picked in the senior national squad for next week's friendly in Sweden.

In an interview with BBC's Football Focus, Wilshere said: 'Maybe it is a bit too soon (to be called up) because I have only played three games since I have been back.

Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

Confident: Wilshere is pleased he's been picked by Hodgson for England's friendly with Sweden

'But it is great for my head and my confidence to know I am in the new manager's plans.

'The last time I played for England was under Fabio Capello and now there is a new manager and staff, so I did not know the thinking of the new tactics – would I fit in Am I in their plans

'To know now the manager has picked me and he is looking at me for the team is good for me.'

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would rather his player – who is suspended for Saturday's Barclays Premier League game with Fulham after his red card at Manchester United – had not been involved at all in the Stockholm friendly.

However, the Frenchman accepted there was little he could do to prevent the call-up, although it is understood a compromise has been reached to only give Wilshere a maximum of 45 minutes of action.

Wilshere has experienced niggling injuries which stem back to an ankle problem initially suffered when winning his fifth cap against Switzerland at Wembley in June 2011, but is now relishing the challenges ahead as England look to secure a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

'It is a new chapter for me in my football career, the last time I played for England was 17 months ago. now everyone can see there is a different style of play,' he added.

'For my confidence it is nice to be picked and know I am in the new manager's plans. 'There are a lot of young players in there now, which is great for me.

'I played with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling in the under-21s and to see them breaking into the first team now is good for the future.'

Anton Ferdinand pays tribute to QPR fans after John Terry ordeal

Ferdinand pays tribute to QPR fans after Terry race row



18:04 GMT, 3 October 2012

Anton Ferdinand has thanked the 'fantastic support' he received from QPR fans during the recent high-profile league encounter with Chelsea, saying he could not have got through the day without them.

Last month's meeting between the two clubs at Loftus Road was the first encounter between Ferdinand and John Terry on the pitch since the Chelsea captain was cleared by magistrates of racially abusing the Rangers defender in July.

Out of hand: Ferdinand snubs Terry after the Chelsea defender was accused of racial abuse

Out of hand: Ferdinand snubs Terry after the Chelsea defender was accused of racial abuse

Ferdinand, who snubbed both Terry and Ashley Cole – who testified as a character witness for his England team-mate at the trial – at the pre-match handshake, expressed his gratitude for the backing he received from QPR fans during that game.

He told his club's website: 'They gave me fantastic support and I couldn't have got through the day without them.

'They kept me going. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.'

The 27-year-old is also grateful for the support he has received from his club and team-mates, as well as the fans, adding: 'It has been a difficult period for me but the fans have been special, they have been very good to me.

'The club on the whole, the lads and all the fans have given me incredible support. The backing I've been given is something I will never forget.'

Terry was cleared in July by Westminster Magistrates Court of uttering the words as an insult, but that did not prevent him being found guilty under FA rules last week.

Terry, who has always denied all charges against him, is still deciding whether to appeal that verdict and has indicated he would wait until he was in receipt of the written judgment before making that decision.

Sid Watkins hailed by Bernie Ecclestone

Irreplaceable! Ecclestone hails late Watkins for his amazing F1 contribution



17:38 GMT, 14 September 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hailed Sid Watkins as 'irreplaceable' following his death on Wednesday.

Watkins, the FIA medical delegate and race doctor for 26 years from 1978 through to 2004 after being appointed by Ecclestone, passed away after a short illness at the age of 84.

Watkins helped pioneer safety in motor sport, with his work saving the lives of a number of drivers following an accident, as well as ensuring many others avoided serious injuries.

Hailed: Sid Watkins (right) has received praise from all quarters

Hailed: Sid Watkins (right) has received praise from all quarters

'I am pretty sure he is irreplaceable. You only meet somebody of his calibre once in your lifetime,' said Ecclestone of close friend Watkins.

'What Sid did in the way of safety in Formula One was incredible. He gave his whole life to that cause, to make sure it could be as safe as it possibly could be.

'We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his caring and commitment.'

Speaking to formula1.com on the measures Watkins implemented, Ecclestone added: 'When I invited him to join Formula One as its official doctor part way through the 1978 season, we discussed many aspects of safety and medical issues.

'We agreed we needed a proper hospital at the track in the form of a fully equipped medical centre to stabilise injured drivers with immediate treatment, and a helicopter to transport them subsequently to specialist facilities, and that the helicopter pad had to be as close to that trackside hospital as possible.

Irreplaceable: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone (right) says the sport will miss Watkins

Irreplaceable: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone (right) says the sport will miss Watkins

'Sid carried all of those things through, and many more. After the accidents to Jochen Rindt and then Ronnie Peterson, I suggested he should have a medical intervention car and he should take responsibility for taking drivers into medical care.

'We always talked things through and worked together, and he then took care of all the medical things which I knew nothing about.'

Sir Jackie Stewart has called for a permanent memorial in Watkins' honour 'to recognise his contribution to motor sport, particularly Formula One'.

Aston Villa give Stiliyan Petrov squad place

Petrov handed place in Villa's 25-man squad despite captain's continued leukaemia fight



22:18 GMT, 4 September 2012

Aston Villa have included Stiliyan Petrov in their 25-man squad for the Premier League.

Petrov, who has been fighting leukaemia for nine months, has been given the No 20 shirt as a mark of respect.

Although his illness is in remission, it is believed he will not be returning to first-team action.

Get well soon: Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with leukaemia nine months ago

Get well soon: Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with leukaemia nine months ago

Early in August the club released a statement, which read: 'It is with great delight that the club can confirm on behalf of our long-standing captain, Stiliyan Petrov, that Stan's acute leukaemia is in remission.

'Stan would like to take this opportunity to express his deep gratitude to the medical staff who have looked after him so well since his condition was diagnosed just over four months ago.

'He also wishes to place on record again his profound sense of appreciation for the incredible outpouring of love and support he has received from Villa fans, his team-mates and colleagues at the club, as well as football fans and many more people around the world during this period.

'He and his family have been moved by the depth of feeling stirred in so many people and he has taken great strength from it, too.

'Stan's fight is not over. There will be further battles to overcome in the days, weeks and months ahead.

'But he would like to share with you this tremendous news now and, in time, deliver his own personal message to all of you.

'On Stan's behalf, the club would like to thank everybody for continuing to respect Stan's privacy and his family's throughout his ongoing battle against acute leukaemia and for those who have raised awareness of the condition. Stan remains very committed to this crusade going forward.'

Norwich boss Chris Hughton wants to spoil Martin Jol"s opening day

I want to spoil opening day for my good friend Martin, admits Hughton



17:17 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits he owes a debt of gratitude to Fulham boss Martin Jol, but will go all out to beat his good friend at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Hughton worked alongside Jol during his spell in charge at Tottenham from 2004 to 2007, before then stepping up into managerial roles with Newcastle and Birmingham before Norwich came calling earlier this summer after Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa.

The 53-year-old has nothing but respect for Jol, who had spells at Hamburg and Ajax before coming back to the Premier League with Fulham in June 2011 after Mark Hughes' departure, guiding the west London club to ninth place.

However, that admiration will not stop Hughton aiming to get the Canaries off to a flying start and a first victory for his new club.

Making their day: Chris Hughton signs autographs during training

Making their day: Chris Hughton signs autographs during training

'I had three enjoyable years with Martin at Tottenham, working closely with him,' said Hughton. 'He was very successful, having two fifth-place finishes.

'I have also learned a lot from him, so he has played a very good part in where I am in this moment.

'You pick up about what it is to be a good manager. Martin is on the training pitch every day, tactically he is very good.

'He is great with the players, has high demands off them and wants to play the game in an attractive manner.

'Martin is a winner and has been successful wherever he has been.'

Looking forward: Martin Jol at a pre-season friendly between his Fuilham side and Wycombe

Looking forward: Martin Jol at a pre-season friendly between his Fuilham side and Wycombe

Hughton, though, will put that relationship to one side when kick off at the Cottage comes around.

'There are almost two sides to it, because I am a really good friend of his, but also a rival manager,' he added.

'When it came out we were playing Fulham on the first day, of course it is something you have a laugh and a quick joke about.

'But just because he is a good friend of mine does not make any difference – we will want to win and do well in the game against them as much as we will in any other game.'

With Lambert's departure, Norwich – who finished 12th last season following their promotion – have found themselves the pundits' favourites for the drop.

Hughton, though, will pay little attention to the doom mongers, having yesterday added former Manchester City left-back Javier Garrido to the club on a season-long loan from Lazio to supplement the summer arrivals of Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield, Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner into the Norfolk club.

'It is hard to avoid stuff, but everybody has their opinions. Maybe last season, everybody thought Norwich would struggle and that was not the case,' said Hughton.

Eye for goal: Orlando Sa scores for Fulham against Norwich last season

Eye for goal: Orlando Sa scores for Fulham against Norwich last season

'If you end up taking everything on board which you read and you see, then you would be permanently depressed.

'The overriding thing is you have to want to accept what the challenge is, and hopefully come through it.'

Hughton added: 'If we have had a good season, then that will be the answer to all the questions.

'All you can do is what you think is right – for us, that is about improving the quality we have within the squad, and preparing ourselves right for every game, keeping everybody level-headed – that means making sure you do not get too carried away with a good result and perhaps even more importantly you do not get too down with a bad result, because there are going to be some.

'The players will go into the season knowing how tough it is going to be, but you hope you can put things together to get enough good results.'