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Matt Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut but he can"t stop them losing 4-2

Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut as legend returns to playing days… but 44-year-old can't can't stop them losing 4-2

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Charlie Skillen

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22:52 GMT, 24 April 2013

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11:05 GMT, 25 April 2013

Matt Le Tissier made a return to his playing days by turning out for Guernsey, but was unable to stop his side losing 4-2 at Colliers Wood.

The Southampton legend, 44, came off the bench in the second half after signing playing forms at the club where he is honorary president, to help with their incredible fixture list which sees the club in the middle of 20 games in 36 days.

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Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier

Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier was unable to prevent Guernsey FC losing at Colliers Wood on his debut

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier

Still got it: Le Tissier

Rusty Le Tissier tries a trademark volley after chesting the ball down

It's the first time Le Tissier has played in an official game since 2002, when he retired after playing his entire career for the Saints.

Le Tissier made over 500 appearances in all competitions for the south-coast club, and won eight England caps.

Many fans feel he should have represented his country more times, having watched his incredible skills, passing and long-range screamers in the 1990s.

He is currently juggling turning out for Guernsey with being a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports.

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

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Southampton appoint World Cup winner Terry Paine as honorary president

Club legend, World Cup winner: Paine appointed Southampton's honorary president

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12:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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12:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Southampton have today revealed their record appearance-maker Terry Paine is to become their honorary president.

Paine was a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad and played 815 times for Saints between 1957 and 1974.

He has now been appointed honorary president and will take up the role on January 1, with a remit to act as an ambassador for Saints both at home and abroad.

Hero: Terry Paine (right) is Southampton's record appearance holder

Hero: Terry Paine (right) is Southampton's record appearance holder

The 73-year-old, who lives in South Africa, will be presented with his new title by the family of ex-Southampton manager Ted Bates on New Year's Day before the Arsenal game.

'It is a great honour for me to be named honorary president of Southampton Football Club,' Paine told the club's official website.

World Cup winner: Paine (right) was part of England's victorious 1966 team

World Cup winner: Paine (right) was part of England's victorious 1966 team

Executive chairman Nicola Cortese, who was recently accused of not wanting 'anything to do with anything that happened before he turned up' by club stalwart Matthew Le Tissier, said: 'I can think of no one more deserving of this prestigious title than Terry Paine.'

Cristiano Ronaldo named Ibero-American Athlete of the Year

Don't worry if you miss out on the Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo! The Ibero-American Athlete of the Year trophy is a cracker

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13:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo added another piece of silverware to his collection when he was named the greatest Ibero-American athlete of last year.

Ronaldo, widely tipped to finish runner-up to Lionel Messi again in the race for the Ballon d'Or, was presented with the massive trophy during a presentation at the Royal Palace of El Pardo.

Royal approval: Queen Sofia of Spain presents Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ibero-American Community Trophy

Royal approval: Queen Sofia of Spain presents Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ibero-American Community Trophy

Congratulations: Ronaldo is applauded as he goes up to accept his award

Congratulations: Ronaldo is applauded as he goes up to accept his award

He said: 'It was an honour for me to receive such a beautiful trophy from Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.

'Once again, as with all the awards I've received, I want to individually thank all those who chose me for this award, but especially my team-mates and coaches because without them this wouldn't have been possible.

Size does matter: Ronaldo was all smiles as he walked off withe the massive piece of silverware

Size does matter: Ronaldo was all smiles as he walked off withe the massive piece of silverware

'I want to dedicate this award especially to Real Madrid fans.'

Real president Florentino Perez, director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno and honorary president Alfredo Di Stfano accompanied Ronaldo to the ceremony.

The former Manchester United favourite helped his side to a 4-1 win over Ajax on Tuesday as they wound up their Champions League group stage in style.

Glamour game: Princess Letizia was at the Palace of El Pardo in Madrid as Ronaldo was honoured

Glamour game: Princess Letizia was at the Palace of El Pardo in Madrid as Ronaldo was honoured

Lance Armstrong doping scandal: UCI complicit, claims sponsor

Sponsor claims that UCI were complicit with Armstrong in covering up doping

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23:13 GMT, 5 November 2012

Disgraced: Armstrong

Disgraced: Armstrong

Pressure continued to mount on the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday with one sponsor claiming the organisation was 'complicit' in sweeping the Lance Armstrong doping scandal under the carpet.

Jaimie Fuller, chairman of the Australian sportswear firm Skins that has ploughed around 10million US dollars into the UCI over the last five years, says the scandal has caused reputational damage to the sponsors.

The firm has served a legal notice on the UCI claiming 2million dollars (1.25m) in compensation.

Fuller said: 'This is a ground-breaking move and it's one of those situations that could become case law for the future.

'When a sport is in trouble you look to
the international federation to help it through. It's a pretty rare
situation where the international federation is actually complicit in
what was going on.'

Fuller also claimed that UCI president
Pat McQuaid and his predecessor and honorary president Hein Verbruggen
needed to accept responsibility for the failure to deal with Armstrong,
who was last month stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

'These two gentleman have sat at the top of world cycling for 22 years and they need to be accountable for what they did and did not do,' said Fuller.

Meanwhile, British cyclist David Millar says the UCI need to make a full apology.

Millar told the Guardian:
'The UCI need to be very careful, because the momentum is rolling too
fast for them to control it. Just as with Lance Armstrong, we'll reach
another tipping point soon. I sense the same looming crash with the UCI –
unless they act decisively.

'I
don't think they realise what everyone needs is immediate action.
They're trying to go through the usual sports politics way of trying to
ride this out until people forget about it. These are career sports
politicians. But they cannot evade this any longer. They have to act
quickly or they're going to face a total revolt and they'll be out
anyway.

Under pressure: Millar demanded a full apology

Under pressure: Millar demanded a full apology

'Now there is a
public awakening and the UCI will be in real trouble unless they make a
full apology. There seems to be some unbreakable alliance between
McQuaid and Verbruggen. Pat needs to cut that cord and move forward. He
needs to wake up to the fact that some revolutions become unstoppable.'

McQuaid and Verbruggen did not respond to requests to comment on Fuller's claims when contacted.

The UCI later released a statement in which it stated steps it has taken since the Armstrong affair became public, including setting up an independent commission to examine the issues raised.

The statement read: 'The UCI can confirm that it has received a letter from the chairman of Skins International Trading AG.

'In the years that Skins have been a sponsor, since 2008, cycling has been a completely different sport from what it was during the period 1998-2005, when tests for EPO did not exist.

'Since the dark period of Lance Armstrong, cycling has been a pioneer in the fight against doping in sport under the leadership of the UCI and this role has been recognised by WADA. For example, it was the UCI that first introduced the urinary EPO test, the homologous blood transfusion test and the Athlete Biological Passport programme.

Fallout: Armstrong has been stripped of all seven of his Tour de France

Fallout: Armstrong has been stripped of all seven of his Tour de France

'As a result, today's riders are subject to the most innovative and effective anti-doping procedures and regulations in sport.

'Today, cycling has enjoyed a huge boost in visibility and popularity, as was apparent at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

'The UCI is determined to turn around this painful episode in the history of our sport. We will take whatever actions are deemed necessary by the independent commission and we will put cycling back on track.

'While we understand the concerns expressed by Skins, the UCI is determined to work hand in hand with all cycling's stakeholders towards the same goal, which is to safeguard the integrity and future wellbeing of the sport.

'The UCI has listened to the world's reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair and the USADA report and has taken decisive steps in response to the grave concerns raised, including setting up a fully independent commission.

'The UCI is determined that this independent commission will just be the start of the process and nothing will be off the agenda.'

Paul Kimmage takes legal action against UCI leaders over whistle blowers

Former cyclist Kimmage takes legal action against UCI leaders over whistle blowers

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23:52 GMT, 1 November 2012

Irish journalist Paul Kimmage has
lodged a criminal complaint against International Cycling Union
president Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen in a move
which will subject the leadership of the world governing body to further
scrutiny.

The UCI, McQuaid and Verbruggen last
week announced they were suspending defamation proceedings against
former Sunday Times journalist Kimmage pending the results of an
independent report.

Claims: Reporter Paul Kimmage (centre)

Claims: Reporter Paul Kimmage (centre)

Now former rider Kimmage, who has been hugely critical of the UCI leadership's response to doping in cycling, has launched proceedings of his own as the impact of the Lance Armstrong affair shows no sign of abating.

Kimmage wrote on Twitter: 'I have lodged a criminal complaint against Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid.

'I have initiated these proceedings not for myself – this is not about Paul Kimmage, but on behalf of the whistle blowers – Stephen Swart, Frankie Andreu, Floyd Landis, Christophe Bassons, Nicolas Aubier, Gilles Delion, Graeme Obree and every other cyclist who stood up for truth and the sport they loved and were dismissed as “cowards” and “scumbags” by Verbruggen and McQuaid.'

Pat McQuaid must resign, says Greg LeMond after Lance Armstrong scandal

Three-time Tour winner LeMond urges McQuaid to resign after Armstrong scandal

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14:42 GMT, 25 October 2012

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has called for the resignation of Pat McQuaid, the president of cycling's world governing body the UCI.

In an open letter published on Facebook, LeMond, winner of the 1986, 1989 and 1990 Tours and now the only American winner of the Tour after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles, was critical of Irishman McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen, who remains honorary president of the organisation.

'I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign,' LeMond wrote.

Making his point: LeMond has called for the resignation of McQuaid

Making his point: LeMond has called for the resignation of McQuaid

'I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history – resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.'

LeMond added his weight to the campaign to support former Sunday Times journalist Paul Kimmage, who is the subject of a defamation suit brought by McQuaid and Verbruggen in Switzerland.

The American has made a donation to the fund to support Kimmage's legal fight, but would prefer money is used to 'lobby for real change'.

Under fire: McQuaid's judgement has come into question

Under fire: McQuaid's judgement has come into question

'I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling,' LeMond added.

'The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen – if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

'People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling.'

LeMond had long been critical of Armstrong before the Texan was stripped of his seven Tour titles by the UCI on Monday, when McQuaid insisted cycling had a future and stressed his determination to be part of it.

Shamed: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Shamed: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen,' a 1,000-page United States Anti-Doping Agency report concluded.

A special meeting of the UCI's management committee will take place tomorrow to discuss the 'exact sporting consequences' of the decision, including whether the 1999 to 2005 Tour titles and prize money will be redistributed.

Daley Thompson calls for cycling to be banned from Olympics after Lance Armstrong scandal

Ban cycling from Olympics! British athletics legend Thompson calls for ultimate sanction on a sport mired in shame

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22:41 GMT, 20 October 2012

Banning cycling from future Olympics is the only way to purge the sport – and the Games – from the lingering disgrace of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

That is the drastic action demanded by Britain's double gold-medal winner Daley Thompson, who feels that the Olympic movement itself is suffering through association with certain areas of a sport that have almost become a byword for cheating and drug-taking.

The Games legend admits he has watched Armstrong's fall from grace with 'sadness', not for the disgraced seven times Tour de France winner but for the sport he has tarnished.

Shamed: Daley Thompson believes the scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong (above) has scarred the reputation of cycling

Shamed: Daley Thompson believes the scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong (above) has scarred the reputation of cycling

Keeping up appearances: Lance Armstrong stands onstage during the 15th anniversary celebration for Livestrong, his cancer-fighting charity, and gave an address

Keeping up appearances: Lance Armstrong stands onstage during the 15th anniversary celebration for Livestrong, his cancer-fighting charity, and gave an address

Since the publication of the United States Anti-Doping Agency report just over a week ago, cycling has been in chaos.

Armstrong has lost a string of major
sponsors while Dutch bank Rabobank, who have supported a professional
team since 1990, have withdrawn altogether from the sport.

Thompson knows where he places the blame.

'Armstrong is a cheating b*****d and that's all there is to it,' said Thompson, the Olympic decathlon champion of 1980 and 1984.

'It's a terrible situation for
anyone who cares about sport in its purest sense. It's been warped and
damaged by a cheat.' Thompson's contempt extends to the cycling's
governing body, the UCI.

They have yet to announce their own
sanction on Armstrong, while their honorary president, Hein Verbruggen,
was reported last week as saying that there were 'many stories and
allegations, but not a trace of evidence'.

Verbruggen disputes the context of the quote, although the text message which contained it has since been made public.

Shame game: Lance Armstrong and his team have tainted a sport in which Britain have thrived in

Shame game: Lance Armstrong and his team have tainted a sport in which Britain have thrived in

Rather than concentrate their attention on Armstrong, however, the UCI appear to be engaged in attacking their critics.

They have taken legal action against
journalist Paul Kimmage, who reported that they had covered up positive
tests from Armstrong.

'The governing body are a disgrace,'
added 54-year-old Thompson. 'Suing people who report on the sport, and
put it in the papers Well, this whole subject isn't going to go quietly
away as the evidence mounts up. I hope that he sues them straight back
for what they've done to him.'

Verbruggen, along with UCI president
Pat McQuaid, accepted more than $100,000 (62,474) from Armstrong,
purportedly to pay for a blood analysing machine in the wake of a
positive test, allegedly given in 2001.

According to Dick Pound, the former
head of the World Anti-Doping Association, the UCI's behaviour 'has not
always been what you would hope it to be'.

Thompson, who has long been an
outspoken advocate of drug-free sport, believes that despite the fact
Verbruggen and McQuaid are members of the International Olympic
Committee, that body could provide the shock to the system cycling needs
to clean itself up, starting from the very top.

Ban it! Daley Thompson (right) has called for the sport to be removed from the Olympic programme

Ban it! Daley Thompson (right) has called for the sport to be removed from the Olympic programme

'Armstrong is a cheating b*****d and that's all there is to it. It's a terrible situation for
anyone who cares about sport in its purest sense.'

– Daley Thompson

Were the IOC to threaten to expel
cycling from the Rio Olympics 'unless it can show it has got its house
in order and wants to take the fight against doping seriously', Thompson believes the UCI hierarchy could be forced out.

The sport then, he hopes, could be
placed back in the 'hands of people who actually care about it – the
people who come from the grass roots.'

Thompson added: 'The whole UCI are
clearly not fit for purpose. I don't know if they're allowed to, but it
really is the sort of thing where the IOC should be able to step in and
say, “Hold on a minute. If you want to be a part of our family, you need
to sort things out”.

'I don't know if they have the power
to do that but they should. I know there are links but the Olympics is a
very special thing, it carries a lot of weight and it should use its
influence.

'There should be sanctions against
cycling being a part of the next Olympic Games unless they put their
house in order. I want drug cheats thrown out, never to return.

'I'm not defending them, but we need
to look at how things developed so that they could cheat in the first
place. Sanctions against cheating athletes are essential but they also
need to be applied against seemingly complicit governing bodies.

'I don't think people who take part
in cycling, the competitors and the people at the grass roots who go out
at the weekend on their bikes just for the sheer love of it, feel any
sort of connection or even confidence in the people who run their sport,
and that's terrible.

'The two sides, the governing body
and the competitors have grown so far apart that it has become a
disgrace and it's not fair on cycling. The loser is the very sport
they're meant to be protecting and we should always remember that it's
not the people at the top who own the sport, not the people in the nice
offices and the big, flash hotels.

'It's the cyclists who are looking at the reputation of their sport suffering, and it's not right.'

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to open National Football Centre

National Football Centre to be open by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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16:02 GMT, 28 September 2012

The Football Association's state-of-the-art St George's Park training complex will be given a Royal seal of approval when it opens next month.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will perform the official opening on Tuesday, October 9.

The Royal Party will visit the site at Burton and join specially invited guests as SGP, which was completed in July, and will eventually play host to all 24 representative England teams.

State of the art: the St George's training complex in Burton

State of the art: the St George's training complex in Burton

They will then meet England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad as they begin preparations for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley on October 12.

Hope Powell, England women's senior team manager, will be joined by a number of her squad who will also meet The Duke – Honorary President of the FA – and the Duchess as they tour the facility.

Ready to go: The centre will be opened in less than two weeks

Ready to go: The centre will be opened in less than two weeks

FA Chairman David Bernstein said: 'The opening of St. George's Park is truly a momentous occasion in the history of The FA. Next year we will celebrate The FA's 150th anniversary, and this moment will be recorded as significant as any that has gone before us in the last 149 years.

'We are particularly delighted that both the Duke and Duchess can join us to open this facility.'

Bradford Bulls new manager is Francis Cummins

Bullish! Cummins handed the reins at troubled Bradford on Potter recommendation

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13:40 GMT, 17 September 2012

Bradford have appointed former Leeds winger Francis Cummins as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

Cummins, who was recommended for the job by his predecessor Mick Potter after he opted to return to Australia, was unveiled on Monday morning at Odsal hosted by new owner Omar Khan and honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe.

Sutcliffe said: 'We had no hesitation in taking Mick's recommendation to offer the job to Francis and we are delighted he has accepted our offer.'

New man: Bradford Bulls have confirmed Francis Cummins as their coach

New man: Bradford Bulls have confirmed Francis Cummins as their coach

It will be Cummins' first role as a head coach and, at 35, he will be the youngest in Super League when he takes charge of his first match in February.

Catalan Dragons' Australian boss Trent Robinson is nine months younger but he is leaving at the end of the season to take charge of Sydney Roosters.

Cummins enjoyed a one-club career with Leeds, for whom he made 356 appearances from 1993 to 2005, and also won three caps for Great Britain.

The former Ireland international cut his coaching teeth as an assistant at Leeds before being appointed as Potter's number two at the start of the 2010 season.

Along with Potter, Cummins worked without pay for the last three months of the season after being made redundant by the administrator amid the club's financial problems in early July.

Bradford Bulls given Super League go ahead for 12 months

Super League give Bradford 12 month lifeline but coach Potter leaves

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15:07 GMT, 14 September 2012

Bradford Bulls have been given the green light to continue in Super League but coach Mick Potter will not be part of the new-look club.

Uncertainty over the future of the four-times Super League champions was finally ended when the takeover by local restaurant owner Omar Khan was ratified by the Rugby Football League.

And the good news continued on Friday when the Bulls were told by the RFL's board of directors they will not be relegated to the part-time Championship and will not have to compete with the leading Championship clubs in a mini-round of licensing.

One more year: Bradford Bulls have been given the go ahead

One more year: Bradford Bulls have been given the go ahead

Instead the new owners have been
awarded a 12-month probationary Super League licence, effectively
putting them on trial throughout 2013.

Bradford's honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe, a former Sports Minister and local MP, welcomed the announcement.

'It's good news for the fans and for
Bradford and now it's all systems go,' he said. 'We can start to
implement our business plan and sell season tickets.'

Bradford effectively forfeited their
top-flight status in June when, unable to pay the bills after the bank
withdrew their overdraft, they went into administration.

That resulted in a six-point
deduction, which ultimately cost the Bulls a place in the play-offs, and
the threat of liquidation hung over the club right up to the last day
of August when Khan announced he had agreed a deal to buy the club from
the administrators.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said:
'The board deliberated long and hard and took into consideration the
many views of the sport's various constituents before reaching a
decision which we believe is in the best interests of the whole game.

'A probationary licence allows us to
closely monitor the performance of Bradford Bulls next season and
develop a view on what direction we take in future years.

'The probationary licence also
precludes the need for a mini-licensing round, which the overwhelming
majority of clubs accept was impractical given the timeframes involved.'

The next round of licences are due to be awarded in the summer of 2014 and take effect from the start of the 2015 season.

The announcement brings to an end five
months of anguish and adversity but it came too late for Potter who,
after working unpaid for the last 10 weeks, has decided to return to
Australia.

The 48-year-old former Catalan Dragons
and St Helens boss opted not to take up the offer of a new contract
from the club's new owners and instead recommended his assistant Francis
Cummins be appointed as his successor.

That announcement will be made on Monday.

'I was always going to return to
Australia and I feel that now is the right time for me to go,' Potter
said. 'I have enjoyed my time at the Bulls and the supporters and people
at the club are second to none.

'I feel, too, that despite
circumstances out of our control the team, through the rugby league we
played, showed a lot of character in the midst of terrible adversity.

'Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe have
come in and rescued the club and were very keen for me to stay for a
longer tenure and I made it clear to them that my decision has nothing
to do with their purchase of the club.

'It has been the things that have happened over the previous five months that have caused my decision.'

Potter, who was Super League Coach of
the Year after guiding the Catalans to a third-place finish in 2008,
endured a difficult first season at Odsal but his reputation soared
after guiding Bradford to the brink of their first play-off spot for
four years in the face of adversity.

Khan said: 'We are sorry Mick has
chosen to leave because we wanted him to stay longer with us after the
tremendous job he has done in difficult circumstances.

'He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club and we wish him well in the future.'

Cummins, who looks set to be handed
the job, will be faced with a major rebuilding task, with no fewer than
17 players out of contract, and will be well behind coaches of other
Super League clubs who have virtually completed their recruitment for
2013.

Tom Burgess and Olivier Elima have
already secured new clubs, Ian Sibbit and Ben Jeffries have announced
their departures and Craig Kopczak terminated his contract which had 12
months to run.