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Hannah Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

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UPDATED:

19:12 GMT, 15 December 2012

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Hannah Miley claimed her second medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she was third in the 200 metres individual medley in Istanbul.

The 23-year-old won gold in her specialist 400m event on the first night of competition, breaking her own European record in the process.

The Garioch swimmer was fourth with
50m to go tonight but she managed to force her way into the podium
places to touch in two minutes 07.12 seconds.

It was Great Britain's fourth medal of the five-day competition in Turkey, which will conclude on Sunday.

Miley, seventh in this event at the Olympics, said: 'I am really, really happy with that. It has given me another boost of confidence and motivation for the next part of the season.'

In the other final in which Britain competed, the women's 4x100m freestyle relay finished eighth.

The quartet comprising Rebecca
Turner, Lizzie Simmonds, Eleanor Faulkner and Fran Halsall had qualified
seventh and they were 0.03secs slower tonight in a race won by the
United States.

Formula One calendar 2013: Turkish Grand Prix looks set for return in absence of New Jersey race

Turkish GP looks set for return to F1 calendar in absence of New Jersey race

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 5 December 2012

The 2013 Formula One calendar could again stretch to 20 races in the wake of today’s final meeting this year of the World Motor Sport Council.

With the removal of the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey until 2014 due to financial and construction difficulties, it appeared the calendar for next season would revert back to 19 races following the record 20 this campaign.

Track record: Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag at Istanbul in May 2010

Track record: Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag at Istanbul in May 2010

2013 Formula One Calendar

Mar 17: Australia
Mar 24: Malaysia

Apr 14: China
Apr 21: Bahrain

May 12: Spain
May 26: Monaco

Jun 9: Canada
Jun 30: Britain

Jul 7: Germany
Jul 21: TBC
Jul 28: Hungary

Aug 25: Belgium

Sep 8: Italy
Sep 22: Singapore

Oct 6: Korea
Oct 13: Japan
Oct 27: India

Nov 3: Abu Dhabi
Nov 17: United States
Nov 24: Brazil

However, the WMSC has opted to switch
the German GP – which still does not have a confirmed venue – from July
14 to July 7, and which will now be back-to-back with the British GP at
Silverstone.

In doing so, they have created a vacancy for July 21, which the WMSC state 'has been reserved for another F1 European event, subject to the approval of the relevant ASNs (National Sporting Authority)'.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is known to be in discussions with the new owners of the Istanbul Park in the hope of restoring the Turkish Grand Prix to the calendar, with the likelihood now next year.

That race would also form a double-header with the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 28 ahead of a four-week summer break across August.

Shinji Kagawa sidelined for one month with knee injury

United blow as crocked Kagawa is sidelined for one more month with knee injury

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UPDATED:

19:39 GMT, 19 November 2012

Shinji Kagawa faces at least another four weeks on the sidelines, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed.

The Manchester United midfielder has been absent since suffering a knee injury against Braga at Old Trafford last month.

Initially, Ferguson said he expected the Japan international to be back in action within four or five weeks.

Blow: Kagawa will be sidelined for another four weeks

Blow: Kagawa will be sidelined for another four weeks

However, speaking ahead of Tuesday's encounter with Galatasaray in Istanbul, Ferguson said: 'His progress has been quite slow actually.

'He hasn't started any outside work and, looking now, he may be another four weeks away.'

It is a major blow for the 23-year-old, who has made an impressive start to his United career following a 12million summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

Breaking the news: Ferguson speaks ahead of Tuesday night's game

Breaking the news: Ferguson speaks ahead of Tuesday night's game

With two goals in his first eight appearances, Kagawa had offered Ferguson a valuable attacking option.

Now he will probably not be seen again until the Christmas programme at the earliest, which is hardly ideal given the strength of competition to get into the United side on a regular basis.

'Overall, he will probably be looking at 6-7 weeks since the injury,' said Ferguson. 'The first job now is to get him back.'

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova WTA Championships final

Revenge is sweet for Serena as Sharapova crumbles in WTA Championships final

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UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 28 October 2012

Serena Williams continued her good run of form over Maria Sharapova to beat the Russian in straight sets and win the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Williams has now won 10 of the 12 meetings between two of the biggest names on the women's tour and has now avenged her 2004 defeat to Sharapova in the final of the same tournament by taking a 6-4 6-3 win.

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the WTA Championships

The 31-year-old American also lost in the Wimbledon final showdown with Sharapova in the same year but never looked in trouble as she won inside an hour and a half in Turkey.

The success saw Williams win her third WTA Championships title and was her seventh title of a highly successful 2012.

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

There was better news for Russia in the double's tournament as qualifiers Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova completed a weekend of upsets to beat the second seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

FA chairman David Bernstein has met Michel Platini to discuss Euro 2020 final

Bernstein meets Platini to FA put Wembley in frame for Euro 2020 final

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 13 October 2012

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has met Michel Platini to launch the FA’s bid for Wembley to become the Euro 2020 Championship final venue.

The meeting took place at Wembley, with the pair also discussing the radical ‘Finals Week’ idea hatched by UEFA president Platini, where Euro 2020 would be hosted across 12 different countries, with the semi-finals and final played in one city.

Final chance: FA Chairman David Bernstein wants Wembley to host the Euro 2020 final

Final chance: FA Chairman David Bernstein wants Wembley to host the Euro 2020 final

The ambitious concept will be put to delegates in December ahead of a vote.

Turkey had been favourites to host the whole tournament but their bid has been affected by a desire to take the 2020 Olympics to Istanbul.

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have formally declared an interest in hosting Euro 2020, while Spain have not yet decided whether to compete for the right to host Finals Week.

An FA spokesman said: ‘We’re not making any comment on this matter at this time.’

Roy Keane rejects 4.5m offer to take charge at Turkish club Kasimpasa

Keane rejects 4.5m offer to take charge at ambitious Turkish club Kasimpasa

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 5 October 2012

Roy Keane has rejected a 4.5m, three year contract to manage Turkish side Kasimpasa.

The 41-year-old travelled to Istanbul on Monday for talks with the ambitious Turkish Super Lig side.

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

But Keane turned his back on the offer as he is interested in succeeding Steve Kean at Ewood Park.

But Keane faces competition from former Ewood Park favourites Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood.

Keane’s former Old Trafford team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who won the Norwegian title with Molde in his first full season, is also eyeing the Blackburn job.

Blackburn’s director of football Shebby Singh said: 'There’s a lot of interest. And we will not be rushed into a decision.'

Roy Keane arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Roy Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take charge at Blackburn

Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take over at Blackburn

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UPDATED:

06:21 GMT, 3 October 2012

Roy Keane has delayed taking the hot seat at Turkish club Kasimpasa amid interest in the Blackburn job.

The 41-year-old arrived in Istanbul on Monday for talks over a 1.4million-a-year contract.

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

But Keane has yet to put pen to paper as he is interested in succeeding Steve Kean at Ewood Park, reports the Daily Mirror.

Keane, who has had spells in charge
at Sunderland and Ipswich but is now a TV pundit, fits the profile of
the big-name manager that Blackburn owners Venky’s are looking for to
win back the fans and secure a return to the Premier League.

But Keane faces competition from former Ewood Park favourites Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood.

Blackburn’s director of football Shebby Singh said: 'There’s a lot of interest. And we will not be rushed into a decision.'

Roy Keane arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Roy Keane to become Kasimpasa manager

Keane in Turkey to finalise deal to take reins at Kasimpasa

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 1 October 2012

Roy Keane is expected to be unveiled as the new manager of Turkish club Kasimpasa on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old arrived in Istanbul on Monday for talks over a 1.4million-a-year contract.

The former Manchester United captain has been out of the game since being sacked by Ipswich last year.

Return: Roy Keane is set to be named as the new manager of Kasimpasa

Return: Roy Keane is set to be named as the new manager of Kasimpasa

Kasimpasa have only just been promoted back to the top flight of Turkish football and have never won the Super League.

But with new investment on the way, they have identified Keane as the man to bring them success, according to The Sun.

Pick us! FA put forward Wembley to UEFA as venue for cross-continent Euro 2020 final

Pick us! FA put Wembley forward to UEFA as venue for final of continent-wide Euro 2020

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 24 September 2012

The Football Association have put forward Wembley to UEFA as the venue for the Euro 2020 final.

UEFA president Michel Platini is considering a change to the format of the tournament so that it would be played in cities across Europe rather than just one or two countries.

It is understood FA chairman David Bernstein met Platini last week and registered the association's interest in Wembley holding the final of the European Championships.

Pick us! The FA have out Wembley forward to host the Euro 2020 final

Pick us! The FA have out Wembley forward to host the Euro 2020 final

If successful, it could also mean one or both Euro 2020 semi-finals also being held in London – Platini's idea is that one city should host the climax of the tournament.

Wembley's chances are linked to Turkey's bid for Euro 2020 – if Istanbul wins the right to host the Olympics in that year then UEFA will not countenance Turkey hosting the Euros.

In that case, Platini's revolutionary new format would be much more likely to take place, and UEFA's liking for Wembley – it was a record-breaking venue in terms of finances for the Champions League final last year and will be so again in 2013 – would give London a real chance of being selected for the final.

The FA do not want to be dragged into an expensive bidding campaign however, such was the costly failure of the 2010 World Cup bid.

A new format: Michel Platini wants to spread the competition across the continent rather than one country hosting it

A new format: Michel Platini wants to spread the competition across the continent rather than one country hosting it

The success of the Champions League final at Wembley in 2011 contributed to record turnover of 329million for the FA last year – up 8 per cent – and a profit after tax of 40m, up from 9million in 2010.

The Champions League final in 2011 brought in more than 11m for the FA.

The FA have also agreed a fixed rental price for UEFA for next season's final, which coincides with the FA's 150th anniversary, so they will earn a fixed sum whatever the ticket prices and sales.

Bernstein's discussions with Platini also covered the future of Britain's FIFA vice-presidency.

Platini has suggested keeping the position, which is under threat due to FIFA's modernisation and reform programme, but all 53 UEFA countries vote for candidates nominated by the four home nations.

The FA are thought to be ambivalent about that idea, and are willing to see the vice-presidency abolished if it maintains their place on the game's law-making body the International FA Board (IFAB).

Meanwhile, the FA have not given up hope of having goal-line technology systems in place for the semi-finals and final of the FA Cup this season, and have agreed to tender for a system jointly with the Premier League.

Magic moment: Spain lifted the Euro trophy in Kiev after beating Italy

Magic moment: Spain lifted the Euro trophy in Kiev after beating Italy

Historic moments: Mario Balotelli was on the losing Italy team when Spain won at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

Historic moments: Mario Balotelli was on the losing Italy team when Spain won at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

Ryan Giggs knows what to expect from Galatasaray

Having been to 'hell' and back before, Giggs knows what to expect from Galatasaray

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UPDATED:

15:29 GMT, 17 September 2012

Ryan Giggs will never forget his first visit to Istanbul.

November 1993. Champions League second knockout round, second leg. Galatasaray away.

Welcome to Hell.

'I remember it vividly. It will always stick with me,' the veteran Manchester United midfielder said.

Welcome party: Galatasaray fans welcome the Manchester United players at Ataturk Airport in 1993

Welcome party: Galatasaray fans welcome the Manchester United players at Ataturk Airport in 1993

Hostile atmosphere: Banners surrounded the pitch during the game in 1993

Hostile atmosphere: Banners surrounded the pitch during the game in 1993

'I was 19 and, when we arrived at the airport, there were all the banners and fans. Thousands of fans screaming at you.

'There were things being thrown at us when we were driving away on the coach. Outside the hotel their fans were chanting all night, making sure we didn't get any sleep. People were phoning the hotel room.

'Prior to the game, the manager told us to go on the pitch and sample the atmosphere.

'The fans had been in the ground for hours and hours. The atmosphere was buzzing 90 minutes before kick-off.

'We were stood in the middle of the pitch watching the fans chant. It was one stand to another.'

Nineteen years on, Giggs recalls it as being a brilliant experience – at least until the final whistle when United, who had Eric Cantona sent off, were knocked out, triggering a frenzied reaction from their hosts.

Welcome to hell: Galatasaray fans celebrate their win over Man United in 1993

Welcome to hell: Galatasaray fans celebrate their win over Man United in 1993

Shock: Galatasaray celebrate scoring at Old Trafford in the same year

Shock: Galatasaray celebrate scoring at Old Trafford in the same year

'When we came off the pitch, it was chaos,' Giggs said.

'Eric had already been sent off and the way back to the dressing room was underneath the pitch.

'There were armed police either side – not the kind of people you would ever mess with. They had helmets, batons, were all ready. And it just kicked off.

'I was just trying to get back to the safety of the dressing room as quickly as possible.

'Obviously not at the time because we lost and went out, but it was a great experience for us.

'They were a good team then and they will be a good team now.'

Giggs' last comment is particularly pertinent as United open this season's Champions League campaign against Galatasaray at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Tough challenge: Giggs knows what to expect from the Turkish side

Tough challenge: Giggs knows what to expect from the Turkish side

And they are not so much on a revenge mission for that defeat as nursing an additional sense of purpose following last season's debacle, when United tumbled out of the group stage with only two wins.

After reaching three finals in the previous four campaigns, it was an unexpected blow Giggs and his team-mates are anxious to put right.
And the 38-year-old believes he knows just how to do it.

'We need to win our home games,' he said. 'Usually 10 or more points gets you through, which means winning at home and trying to draw away.

'We didn't manage it last year because we didn't perform at Old Trafford the way we have done in the past.'

Robin van Persie's appearance off the bench in Saturday's 4-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan showed the Dutchman has no lingering effects from the groin injury that curtailed his international involvement.

Back in action: Van Persie (centre) made a cameo appearance on Saturday

Back in action: Van Persie (centre) made a cameo appearance on Saturday

It also confirmed manager Sir Alex Ferguson's determination not to take any chances in Europe this term after admitting he got his team selections badly wrong last season.

And with fellow new boy Shinji Kagawa also set to return after being given additional time to recover from his arduous trip to Japan, Giggs is expecting both men to make a positive impact.

'Robin has the experience of playing in Europe with Arsenal,' said the Welshman, who became the first player to clock up 600 Premier League appearances at the weekend.

'The goals he has got will hopefully give us that extra edge this season.

'Shinji is that kind of player who will thrive in Europe, where possession is key.

'He keeps the ball and gets into positions where he is hard to pick up.

'I am sure they will both be very good additions in Europe for us.'