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Sunderland"s David Meyler rejoins Hull City om loan

Bruce raids former club Sunderland to get Meyler back on loan at Hull

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 8 November 2012

Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has rejoined Steve Bruce at Championship side Hull City until January.

The Republic of Ireland international has had limited first team chances under Martin O’Neill and wants to enhance his chances of remaining in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans with games.

Meyler made his competitive debut for Ireland last month and was named in the squad which will face Greece in a friendly in Dublin next week.

To Hull and back: David Meyler has made the short-term switch to Hull

To Hull and back: David Meyler has made the short-term switch to Hull

Meyler, 23, joined Sunderland in 2008 from Cork City and made his first team debut under Bruce in December 2009, breaking into the first team squad before suffering a serious knee injury.

But he has made just five appearances for Sunderland in all competitions this season, as well as making his full Republic of Ireland debut against Oman in September.

He joins Sunderland midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady who is also on loan at Hull City, who are making a serious challenge for promotion under Bruce.

Laura Robson beats Eleni Daniilidou in HP Open

Robson sails through to second round of HP Open after straight-sets victory

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UPDATED:

07:26 GMT, 9 October 2012

British No 1 and eighth seed Laura Robson saw off Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round of the HP Open in Osaka.

Robson, seeded in a WTA tournament for the first time, appeared to be letting her opponent back into the match when Daniilidou came back from 3-0 down in the second set to the brink of levelling at 3-3.

But Robson held a tough service game, re-established her double break at 5-2 and served out at the first attempt to join compatriot Heather Watson in the second round, where she will face either Japan's Kurumi Nara or Zhou Yimiao of China.

Going through: Robson saw off Daniilidou to reach the second round

Going through: Robson saw off Daniilidou to reach the second round

Emile Heskey"s sons come out to play in Newcastle Jets shirts

Like father, like sons: Heskey's boys strut their stuff in Newcastle Jets strips

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UPDATED:

11:56 GMT, 28 September 2012

Emile Heskey may have moved to Australia to play for the Newcastle Jets, but maybe in a few years his name will be on the back of an England shirt once more.

Not Emile's specifically of course, because although he is setting off on a new venture Down Under it would take the most dramatic striking crisis of all time to see him earn a Three Lions recall.

But his sons Reigan and Jaden got kitted up and came out to strut their stuff as Heskey met his Jets team-mates and did some training and a photoshoot at Hunter Stadium while his fiance Chantelle Tagoe watched.

Reigan Heskey (L) and Jaden Heskey (R)

Reigan Heskey leaves his brother for dead

In his father's image: Emile Heskey's sons kick a ball about… and Reigan powers past his brother Jaden

Foul, ref! Jaden lies down on the turf

Foul, ref! Jaden lies down on the turf

Heskey looking thoughtful

Reigan on the ball

It was, in fact, for family reasons that Heskey decided to move to the Jets.

'They spoke to me about being a
family-oriented club, and I'm from Leicester so I know what that feels
like and that's where it all started for me,' explained Heskey.

'I had interest from Greece, Turkey; I know this is a little bit further away but it's something that just felt right.'

The 34-year-old has taken Australia by
storm with sales of his No 9 shirt so high that stocks have run out and
5,000 more ordered in.

Family fun: Chantelle Tagoe, Heskey's fiancee, with the boys

Family fun: Chantelle Tagoe, Heskey's fiancee, with the boys

Linked up: Heskey joins his Newcastle Jets team-mates

Linked up: Heskey joins his Newcastle Jets team-mates

Heskey with his team-mates

In joining the Jets Heskey will link up with former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges – remember him

Although often a figure of fun in
England due to his low goalscoring rate, Heskey is now one of the
A-League's biggest stars, along with Alessandro Del Piero, who has just
signed for Sydney.

The striker, who scored seven goals in 62 England games believes he'll be able to find the net more regularly in a Jets shirt.

Heskey said: 'I know there's a lot of talent here, but hopefully I can slot in and do well.

Icon: Heskey has sent Jets fans wild

Icon: Heskey has sent Jets fans wild

Heskey photoshoot

'I know everyone around the world
watches the Premier League. But you don't realise how big it is because
you're still in that bubble, until you come out of it you don't actually
realise how big it is.

'Even before (Del Piero) there were
players coming down here like 'Yorkey', who I spoke to about it and he
loved it. Robbie Fowler loved it.

'I know Harry Kewell, obviously he's
Aussie but he absolutely loved it as well. Franny Jeffers came as well.
So players like that, there will be more and more coming over here.'

There it is! Heskey finds the goal

There it is! Heskey finds the goal

Alan Tate set for Swansea start against Aston Villa

Swansea defender Tate set for first Premier League start in 12 months after golf buggy accident

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UPDATED:

13:43 GMT, 14 September 2012

Injury: Tate played only four times last term

Freak accident: Tate barely played for Swansea last term

Alan Tate will reap the rewards of his personal off-season training regime when he starts for Swansea at Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 30-year-old former Manchester United defender has played in all four divisions for the Swans but he missed the majority of the club's first season in the Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golf buggy accident just over a year ago.

Tate defied the odds to return to action with the first team in March, but was limited to four substitute appearances.

But, determined to try to force his way into Michael Laudrup's plans, while his team-mates took a break once the season ended, Tate knuckled down to getting himself back to full fitness, and his regime included training while on holiday in Greece.

And it will all have been worth it when he runs out at Villa Park to make a first Premier League start since the opening game of last term, as Chico Flores' suspension and Kyle Bartley's quad injury hand him the chance to stake a claim for a regular place.

Suspended: Chico will miss the game at Villa Park

Suspended: Chico will miss the game at Villa Park

He said: 'It has been a long time but what happened in between was a freak accident and when I got back into training it took me a while to get anywhere near match fitness, but now I am.

'Pre-season helped, I went away at the end of the season and trained all the way through and it helped everything to heal.

'I went to the gym here everyday and trained every day on holiday and it's all you can do. I had a lot of time off during the season so I wanted to give myself the best chance of playing as many games as possible. If I start Saturday it will have been worth it.

'I have started this season on the bench after the manager brought in Chico, which I understand as I was not fit last season and he needed another option.

'But hopefully if I play well I expect to stay in the side like anybody else.'

Swansea head to Villa Park sitting second in the Premier League table after picking up emphatic wins over QPR and West Ham and drawing with Sunderland.

Villa, meanwhile, have just one point from their first three games, although they turned in an improved performance against Newcastle last time out.

But Tate insists Swansea are not in a position where they can take established Premier League sides lightly.

'They are a young team so they are a dangerous team,' he said. 'They will have no fear. They are obviously good youngsters to be playing for Villa and they have experience in guys like Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

'They have brought in a new centre-half (Ron Vlaar) and they have Stephen Ireland who is a good player and if they click they will be a good team.'

Brede Hangeland unsure if he will renew Fulham contract

I'll decide later! Hangeland reveals he does not know if he will stay at Fulham

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UPDATED:

19:35 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland is some distance away from agreeing a new contract with the club, according to his agent Rune Hauge.

The 31-year-old Norway international has been at Craven Cottage since 2008 but his current deal expires next summer and Hauge was quoted on Norweigian TV channel tv2 as saying Hangeland was 'not even close' to penning a new contract.

Hangeland was questioned about the situation after he captained Norway in a 3-2 home defeat to Greece and was equally as non-committal.

Unsure: Brede Hangeland has not decided on his future

Unsure: Brede Hangeland has not decided on his future

'When we haven't signed a contract at this point, then it's fairly obvious that we haven't reached an agreement. Rune is right about that,' he said.

But the former FC Copenhagen defender did admit a decision about his future will be made at some point during the coming months.

He said: 'I am quite relaxed compared to many other players who begin to unwind as they have one year left on their contract.

'As long as I do not get injured there is no problem – I'll decide sometime during this year.'

London 2012 Olympics: Dimitris Chondrokoukis

Greek indoor high jump champion Chondrokoukis tests positive for banned substance

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 26 July 2012

Olympics 2012

World indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis has tested positive for a banned substance and pulled out of the Olympics, according to reports in his native Greece.

Chondrokoukis' father and coach Kyriakos is reported to have sent a statement to various Greek news outlets in which he confirmed the failed test for the steroid stanozolol but also protested his son's innocence.

'Dimitris will not take part in the Olympic Games, leaving unfulfilled a dream of a lifetime,' read the statement, according to www.ekathimerini.com.

Positive: Dimitris Chondrokoukis will not compete at the Games

Positive: Dimitris Chondrokoukis will not compete at the Games

Chondrokoukis junior was one of Greece's best hopes for a medal at London 2012 after taking gold in the world indoors in Istanbul in March and finishing fifth in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

The news comes as another blow for Greece following triple jumper Voula Papachristou's exclusion from the Olympic team yesterday.

Papachristou was thrown out after making a remark about African immigrants on her Twitter feed. She later apologised.

England U19s seal Greece semi-final after France win

England U19s seal semi-final showdown with Greece after win over France

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 9 July 2012

England U19s are in the semi-finals of the European Championship after beating France 2-1 in Tallinn on Monday with first-half goals by Everton midfielder John Lundstram and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

They face Greece on Thursday while France take on Spain, who have won three times in as many matches.

Hotshot: Harry Kane scored as England progressed

Hotshot: Harry Kane scored as England progressed

Newcastle oldboy Jean-Alain Boumsong heading back to England

Premier League return on the cards for Newcastle flop Boumsong

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UPDATED:

21:32 GMT, 1 July 2012

Former Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong, 32, is in talks over a Premier League return.

He has a year left at Panathinaikos but the Greek club will let him to leave for free.

The Frenchman spent a season on Tyneside between 2005-06, before joining Juventus and then Lyon. He has been in Greece since 2010.

Coming back: Jean-Alain Boumsong is set to make a return to the Premier League

Coming back: Jean-Alain Boumsong is set to make a return to the Premier League

Tottenham"s Bongani Khumalo on loan to PAOK Thessaloniki

Tottenham loan Khumalo to PAOK Thessaloniki for season

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UPDATED:

18:28 GMT, 1 July 2012

Tottenham will loan Bongani Khumalo to Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki for the season.

The South Africa defender will be hoping to reignite his career after failing to make an impact at White Hart Lane.

Going Greek: Bongani Khumalo will hope to reignite his career

Going Greek: Bongani Khumalo will hope to reignite his career

His agent, Glyn Binkin, says he will
travel to Greece with the former Preston and Reading loanee later this
week to complete the deal.

The 25-year-old is hopeful of agreeing personal terms this week.

'The clubs have agreed and the
player and myself will be travelling to Greece this week with a view to
agreeing and finalising the player's personal terms for the loan deal,'
Binkin told KickOff.com.

Khumalo joined the north London club
from Supersport United for a fee in the region of 1.5 million in
January 2011 after the centre-back impressed during a trial.

Campbell Gillies could have reached the top, says Peter Scudamore

Trainer Scudamore hails Gillies as potential world beater after the rider's death in Greece

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 26 June 2012

Peter Scudamore believes Campbell Gillies had an innate riding ability that could have carried him to the top of the jockey ranks.

The Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey, who would have been 22 on Wednesday, has died after a tragic swimming pool accident while on holiday in Greece.

The pinnacle of the Gillies embryonic career had come in March when he landed the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Brindisi Breeze, who is trained in Scotland by Scudamore’s partner Lucinda Russell.

Horror: Gillies lost his life while on holiday with fellow jockeys in Greece

Horror: Gillies lost his life while on holiday with fellow jockeys in Greece

Eight-time champion jockey Scudamore, who along with Russell's No 1 rider Peter Buchanan, had been a mentor to Gillies.

He said: ‘Campbell had a wonderful
personality – he was a very intelligent young lad who was both funny and
charming. Although he was a tough little lad he was also very
sensitive. Everybody in the yard adored him and is devastated.

‘We were all immensely proud of his
achievements, the pinnacle of which was the success of Brindisi Breeze.
Their partnership emphasised everything about Campbell. He rode with
such confidence and determination.

‘At 21, he obviously still had things to learn but he had an ability and sense of timing that you can’t teach.

‘You didn’t give him orders, he had
an innate sense to be in the right position on a horse. Who knows how
far he would have gone but I truly believe, given the opportunities, he
had the ability to be an outstanding jockey.

‘Everything he did in life was
positive and he took that attitude with him on the racecourse. He was so
looking forward to his holiday and the joke was they’d only paid 100
for it. That was his sense of humour.

‘He created a dilemma for us. I
wanted to encourage him to go south and get more rides but I didn’t want
him snapped up for a big job because when Peter retires, we wanted him
here.’

Tragedy: Gillies savoured victory at Cheltenham this year

Tragedy: Gillies savoured victory at Cheltenham this year

A minute’s silence was observed at all four meetings on Tuesday in tribute to the Scottish rider.

Russell said: ‘We are immensely proud
of the achievements of Campbell. More than that he had a wonderful
charm that I believe came across to everyone who met him, and through
his media interviews.’

Champion jockey AP McCoy led the
tributes from weighing room colleagues, when he tweeted: ‘Very sad news
about Campbell Gillies a very good jockey but an even better bloke. All
our thoughts are with his family RIP.’

While Gold Cup winner Sam Thomas
said: ‘Saddening news about Campbell Gillies, a great pilot, a top guy
and most of all a true gentleman.’

Gillies, whose brother Finlay plays
rugby for Glasgow Warriors, first sprang to prominence due to his
association with the classy Lie Forrit, part-owned by his grandfather
and trained by Willie Amos.

Paying tribute: Peter Scudamore

Paying tribute: Peter Scudamore

He rode his first winner in the
2007-08 season and had 131 career winners including 38 last season. He
was in action as recently as Sunday at Hexham.

His uncle Rory McNeil issued a
statement on behalf of his mother Lesley, Finlay and sister Rita which
said ‘The whole family is devastated and trying to come to terms with
our loss.’

‘Campbell was dearly loved by one and
all, and this is shown by the tributes to him. We hope that at this
time we can be given the space and time to grieve.’

Brindisi Breeze was also killed in May after jumping out of his paddock and colliding with a lorry.

What seemed a devastating blow at time for the Russell stable has now been compounded in an unimaginable train of events.

Campbell, always courteous and
engaging, was on top of the world back at the Festival in March as he
talked so excitely about what he and his mount could achieve together.
In Brindisi Breeze, he had a partner potentially capable of projecting
his talents in the biggest races.

The season ahead was rich in promise
as he jostled with other promising young riders in the race to
ultimately succeed the likes of McCoy and Ruby Walsh.

To those professionally involved with
Campbell, the thought his life should be snuffed out so soon after that
March afternoon seems immensely cruel.

The extent of the agony being endured by those even closer to him is hard to imagine.