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Ben Youngs said England victory over New Zealand is benchmark for Six Nations

Youngs hopes England take their Six Nations lead from All Blacks bashing

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Ben Youngs claimed after England’s record win over New Zealand the display had set a benchmark for the Six Nations Championship next February.

But the Leicester scrum-half said the England team were disappointed at the narrow defeats by Australia and South Africa in an autumn series which also brought a win over Fiji.

'It was a great result and a great way to finish the series, but we are still disappointed because we could have been four from four.

Benchmark: Ben Youngs thinks the win should show England the way for the Six Nations

Benchmark: Ben Youngs thinks the win should show England the way for the Six Nations

'We got in a huddle after the game and said “enjoy the night”, but also we must remember it’s a benchmark for when we meet up in the Six Nations.

'We have to hit the ground running. But it’s tough. We will play Scotland at Twickenham (on February 2) in the first game and it is difficult to explode in the first game.

The win gave Youngs and his brother, Tom, their first win over New Zealand thus matching the deed of father Nick who played in the England team who beat the All Blacks in November 1983.

'I’m really happy, because I can finally shut my dad up because he beat them and now we are one up as well.'

Youngs claimed England were not worried by the draw for 2015 Rugby World Cup which takes place in London on Monday afternoon.

No fear: Youngs said England are not worried about the Six Nations draw

No fear: Youngs said England are not worried about the Six Nations draw

Despite England’s win over the world champions, they remain in the second group of teams and could be drawn against the All Blacks in the pool stages of the tournament.

'I don’t think the draw is a huge thing for us at the moment. We are a young side and are developing.

'You have to remember that in the last two finals the two teams have come out of the same pool. We will notice who we are against, but we won’t worry about rankings.'

Youngs hopes by 2015 England will be a 'team to beat' and one of the favourites. 'The World Cup is quite a way to go yet and the whole idea of Stuart’s plan is that we will be a vastly more experienced team.'

Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'

Celtic aim for Champions League glory

Kayal believes a huddle will help as Celtic plot Champions League progression

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 5 August 2012

Celtic players have staged a dressing-room summit in order to plot a path towards the Champions League group stages.

The SPL champions travel to Helsinki on Tuesday with a slender 2-1 lead from the third round, first-leg qualifier.

And Beram Kayal says the players have reaffirmed their desire to secure a place in the final champions qualifying round in Finland on Wednesday.

Off and running: Celtic opened their SPL account with a win over Aberdeen

Off and running: Celtic opened their SPL account with a win over Aberdeen

‘The players spoke together about the big need to win the games to be in Champions League,’ Kayal said.

‘Everyone wants to feel that moment of being there with a big club like Celtic.

‘In the team now, we have a lot of players around 23 and 24 years of age and we train together and are together in the dressing room.

‘We spoke together about it and believe we are going to do it.’

Captain Scott Brown remains an injury doubt with a hip problem. James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew will return, however, after missing a lacklustre win over Aberdeen on Saturday.

Main man: Celtic boss Neil Lennon urges his side on from the touchline

Main man: Celtic boss Neil Lennon urges his side on from the touchline

Determined to atone for previous setbacks at an early stage of the competitive season, Kayal insisted Celtic are ready this time.

‘Our focus is only on Wednesday and we want to do the job,’ he said. ‘We spoke before Sion and Braga and we believed, but some things didn’t go well and we haven’t played in the Champions League in the past two years.

‘But we’re more experienced now and had a Europa League season last year against some great teams, including Atletico Madrid who went on to win the trophy.’

Failure would damage manager Neil Lennon’s hopes of strengthening his squad, forcing Celtic to sell one of their star names to an English club.

Game on: Kris Commons (not pictured) scores Celtic's first goal

Game on: Kris Commons (not pictured) scores Celtic's first goal

Linked with Southampton recently, Kayal shrugged aside that prospect, adding: ‘I don’t take the decisions about players being sold or staying here, I just look at the positives.’

The next likely departure from Parkhead is defender Josh Thompson. Aberdeen are keen to secure a loan deal for the towering central defender, who played a trial for troubled Portsmouth last week.

Celtic, meanwhile, have dismissed reports of an 800,000 bid for 20-year-old Rosenborg midfielder Markus Henriksen.

"Nerveless" Farrell earns the plaudits as he puts the boot into Scotland

'Nerveless' Farrell earns the plaudits as he puts the boot into Scotland

Owen Farrell had the demeanour of a
50-cap veteran last night after his penalty six minutes from time sealed
an unlikely victory over Scotland to win the Calcutta Cup for the
new-look England.

The 20-year-old Saracens centre had
scored with a previous penalty and converted Charlie Hodgson's try
seconds into the second half, but it was his 74th minute strike,
described by interim head coach Stuart Lancaster as 'nerveless', that
ensured it would be England's night, and suggested that the son of the
England backs coach, Andy, has a long Test career ahead of him.

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell kicks downfield

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell kicks downfield

'I'm a pretty confident guy so that last kick was the result of all the practice I put in,' Farrell junior said.

'You have to focus on the kick, and not all the peripherals. Hopefully, these will be the first of many points I score for England.'

He was more eager to talk about his team-mates' performance, far from convincing in some areas, but compelling in character. 'We gelled immediately and fought for each other,' he said.

Old head on young shoulders: Farrell scores a penalty

Old head on young shoulders: Farrell scores a penalty

'It's great to have this first experience of international rugby under our belt as a team and we should be better for it next week in Italy. At the end we got in a huddle and talked about needing to push on now we have this win.'

Farrell may have wanted to play his role down but others were quick to praise him.

'He has an awesome temperament, doesn't he' said Ben Youngs.

'He looked as if he'd been playing for England all his life. I reckon he'll be playing for his country for a very long time.'

It was Youngs's intervention that prevented Greg Laidlaw from touching down to score in the 62nd minute, a decision made by TMO Nigel Whitehouse that angered Scotland coach Andy Robinson.

'First, Laidlaw fouled me in trying to get to the ball and secondly I never thought he scored,' said Youngs.

'When I saw the replays I realised he had got a lot closer than I thought. It was the right decision.'

Chris Ashton, meanwhile, took at swipe at Robinson for labelling England 'arrogant' in the build-up.

Family affair: Farrell and his father, assistant England coach coach Andy Farrell, with the Calcutta Cup

Family affair: Farrell and his father, assistant England coach coach Andy Farrell, with the Calcutta Cup

'It simply adds fuel to the fire and makes the win a little bit sweeter,' he said.

Dejected Robinson said: 'I'd like to congratulate Stuart Lancaster and the England management for their victory.

'Their team worked very hard tonight.'

Ashley Cole shouted Thursday night, Channel 5 at Man City players

“Thursday night, Channel 5!” What Cole shouted at Man City players to spark tunnel bust-up

Ashley Cole taunted Roberto Mancini and his players by chanting: “Thursday night, Channel 5” and “F*****g have some of that” after Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1.

The Premier League title rivals clashed in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge after Monday”s clash.

Behind you! Chelsea revived title hopes with Monday

Behind you! Chelsea revived title hopes with Monday”s victory over Man City

Leaders Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League last week and will continue their European campaign in the second-tier Europa League after Christmas.

Chelsea fans had chanted “Thursday night, Channel 5″ after Andre Villas-Boas” side, who are still in the Champions League, came from a goal down to end City”s unbeaten record in the league.

The jubilant Chelsea players formed a post-match huddle on the pitch before heading down the tunnel. There, they found City manager Mancini and his backroom staff remonstrating with ref Mark Clattenburg over two controversial penalty decisions.

Player power: Chelsea celebrate Frank Lampard

Player power: Chelsea celebrate Frank Lampard”s winner

As the Chelsea players passed, a source claims England left-back Cole shouted: “F*****g have some of that” and “Thursday night, Channel 5”.

City players reacted angrily and stewards had to step in to push players towards their respective dressing rooms.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who scored the winning penalty, blamed the tunnel clash on the emotion of a pulsating game.

“Sometimes you get overheated,” he said. “Big games, big players who want to win things on both sides, and there was a bit of frustration. I”ve been involved in that before but there”s general respect from both teams to each other.”