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Cardiff could move for Jamie Mackie

Cardiff eye Mackie, Ramsey and Ledley as they plan for life at the top

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

21:33 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 22 April 2013

Premier League new boys Cardiff have put QPR striker Jamie Mackie on their wish list.

Ex-Cardiff players Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ledley have also been touted.

The Bluebirds sealed their return to the top flight for the first time since 1962 after a nervy draw at home to Charlton Athletic last Tuesday.

Fancy it Jamie Mackie (left) is likely to be relegated with QPR

Fancy it Jamie Mackie (left) is likely to be relegated with QPR

League One round-up: Oldham beat Hartlepool 3-0 in Lee Johnson"s first game in charge but Gary Johnson"s Yeovil lose 2-0 to Swindon

League One round-up: Johnson's Oldham era starts on a high… but his dad's promotion tilt with Yeovil suffers a blow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013

LEAGUE ONE RESULTS

Bury 2-0 Stevenage

Crewe 2-1 MK Dons

Oldham 3-0 Hartlepool

Yeovil 0-2 Swindon

New Oldham boss Lee Johnson marked the first match of his managerial career by taking the Latics out of the npower League One relegation zone with a 3-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Hartlepool on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, is the youngest manager in the Football League following his appointment on Monday.

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

LEAGUE ONE TABLE

League One

And he saw his new side go in front
after 17 minutes through Robbie Simpson's header, with Jean Yves Mvoto
nodding home a second shortly before the half hour.

Jose Baxter finished the visitors off in the 69th minute. The win took Oldham a point above the drop zone.

Gary Johnson could not match his son's success, though, as his Yeovil side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon.

Adam Rooney's 77th-minute penalty opened the scoring and James Collins made it two deep into stoppage time as the Robins moved to within a point of the top two, three ahead of their opponents.

Bury moved off the foot of the table, and sent Portsmouth bottom, as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage.

Steven Schumacher missed a 20th-minute penalty and it looked like that might be costly until Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute and Jonson Clarke-Harris made the points safe in the last minute.

Mathias Pogba scored twice as Crewe came from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1.

Patrick Bamford headed the Dons into a 31st-minute lead, but Pogba levelled nine minutes later and got the winner six minutes from time.

The Dons finished the match with 10 men thanks to Antony Kay's 86th-minute sending-off.

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Welsh fly-half Ceri Sweeney will join Exeter at the end of the season

Sweeney to swap Cardiff for Exeter in bid to make his mark on Premiership

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

10:36 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 10 March 2013

Former Wales fly-half Ceri Sweeney will join Exeter at the end of the season, his current club Cardiff Blues have announced.

Sweeney has made over 100 appearances since joining the Blues from Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer of 2008, guiding them to the EDF Energy Cup in 2009 and the Amlin Challenge Cup the following year.

'I've really enjoyed my time with the Blues, they are a fantastic club and the supporters have been outstanding,' he said.

Talent: Ceri Sweeney played in the 2003 World Cup for Wales

Talent: Ceri Sweeney played in the 2003 World Cup for Wales

'For me, it's my home region and with the young players they have coming through the ranks, the future of the club certainly looks very bright.'

The 33-year-old will bring a wealth of experience with him to Sandy Park.

He made his debut for Wales in the 2003 Six Nations against England and also featured in two World Cups, winning a total of 35 caps for his club – the last of them in 2007.

Key man: Sweeney won 35 caps for his country in his international career

Key man: Sweeney won 35 caps for his country in his international career

Sweeney is now excited to make his mark in the Aviva Premiership.

'Exeter are a fantastic club and as soon as I heard they were interested in me, I was keen to talk to them and have a look around the place,' he added.

'Like a lot of people, I've watched how they have risen over the last few years and how they've made a real name for themselves, not just in the Premiership, but in Europe as well.

Longevity: Only the career of Stephen Jones prevented him from more caps

Longevity: Only the career of Stephen Jones prevented him from more caps

'It's an exciting move for me and my young family and it's a fresh challenge.

'I know it will be the first time I've played club rugby outside of Wales, but the thought of testing myself in the Premiership is something I'm really keen to do.'

Sunderland hope to seal Danny Graham deal while Paul Scharner could sign

Sunderland hoping to seal 5.5m Graham deal as Scharner closes in on Stadium of Light switch

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:32 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

Sunderland still hope to finalise a 5.5million move for Swansea’s Danny Graham and are closing on a move for former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner – claims his agent.

Scharner, 32, quit West Brom on a free transfer to join Bundesliga side Hamburg in the summer. But injury and suspension has meant he has seen little action for the strugglers.

Deal broker Valentine Hobel said: ‘Paul wants to show next season what he can do for HSV but for that he needs match practice and that would probably be at Sunderland.’

Seeing the Light: Scharner is close to a move to Sunderland, according to his agent

Seeing the Light: Scharner is close to a move to Sunderland, according to his agent

Graham, meanwhile, has been the
subject of intense speculation throughout January, with Norwich also
among those interested in the former Watford man.

The
striker struggled to earn much playing time early in the season under
Michael Laudrup, with summer signing Michu proving undroppable.

However, Graham has hit a good run of goalscoring form since the Spaniard picked up a knock over Christmas.

Close: Sunderland hope to push through the move for Danny Graham

Close: Sunderland hope to push through the move for Danny Graham

Ricky Hatton in Let"s Dance For Comic Relief

Former world champion Hatton to pull on dancing shoes for Comic Relief

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:01 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 27 January 2013

Ricky Hatton will swap the boxing ring for the dance floor when he takes part in Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

Fifteen contestants will battle it out in weekly heats before the 2013 champion is crowned in the grand final.

Former world champion Hatton retired for a second time after losing his comeback bout to Vyacheslav Senchenko last November.

Change of scenery: Boxer Ricky Hatton will dance for Comic Relief

Change of scenery: Boxer Ricky Hatton will dance for Comic Relief

He will be joined on the show by impersonator John Culshaw, ventriloquist Nina Conti and stand-up comic Tim Vine.

They will be attempting to emulate the success of television presenter Rowland Rivron, who wowed audiences with his routine to Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice last year.

Host Steve Jones said: 'It's still the most fun I have on TV so I am ecstatic Let's Dance is back with a whole host of famous faces along with famous arms, legs, necks and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure.'

Over and out: Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his comeback

Over and out: Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his comeback

Co-host Alex Jones said she was 'ridiculously excited' about the series, which raises money for the Comic Relief fund to help those in Africa and in the UK.

She added: 'We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line-up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year's Red Nose Day.'

Judges for this year's Let's Dance, which starts on February 16 and ends on March 9, include Frank Skinner and Jo Brand. Viewers vote for their favourite performer each week, with the judges also choosing a runner-up to compete in the final.

Boxer Steve Collins returns to the ring aged 48 for Roy Jones Jr fight

Former world champion Collins to come out of retirement to settle grudge with legend Jones

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:34 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:40 GMT, 16 January 2013

Ireland's former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins has announced plans to make a return to the ring at the age of 48.

Collins, who last fought in 1997 and includes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank among the fighters he has beaten, claims he will take on Roy Jones Jr, 43, the American he was frustrated never to fight during his heyday.

Collins told talkSPORT: 'It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge.

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

'It's a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.

'I was very happy with my career, but the one fight I wanted was Roy Jones, and when that didn't happen I retired.

'To me he was afraid of me. I don't think he's a coward, but at the time he was!

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

'But now it's happening. I spoke to Roy and we're going to get it on. He wants one more fight before he retires and this is the one he wants.

'If we get a good offer we'll split it down the middle and get it on.'

Collins, who says he will only fight if doctors pass him fit to do so, added: 'I wouldn't even consider fighting a guy 15 or 20 years younger than me, because that's not a match.

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

'But we're the same age and this is a fair match. It won't be any different to how it would have been 15 years ago.

'I'd love the fight to be in the UK but there is interest from Dubai, Russia, China.

'Dubai looks the favourite, but we'll have to see where the offers come from.'

Nicolas Anelka training with PSG

Anelka training with former club PSG as he seeks China escape

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:11 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

Nicolas Anelka is training with Paris Saint-Germain as he tries to negotiate the end of his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka wants to terminate his
contract with after he scored just three goals in 22
matches and was replaced as player-coach of the Chinese side.

The former Chelsea and France striker also been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League with QPR and West Ham.

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Anelka's wage demands could prove a stumbling block for the English clubs given his 250,000-a-week salary in China.

Money would not be an issue for mega-rich PSG however and the forward could join the French league leaders for the third time.

Anelka played was at the club as a teenager in
1996 before rejoining them in 2000. He has also had spells with
Liverpool, Bolton, Fenerbahce and Manchester City.

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

QPR"s Ryan Nelsen set to replace Paul Mariner as Toronto FC manager

Nelsen ready to quit QPR and take over as manager of Toronto

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013

QPR defender Ryan Nelsen is to take up a post as head coach with Toronto FC and replace Paul Mariner.

Toronto will make the announcement on Tuesday with former Arsenal and Ipswich striker Mariner, who doubled as director of soccer operations, likely to return to England.

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

MLS side DC United had attempted to lure
the 35-year-old New Zealander to the MLS but Nelsen has been swayed by
Toronto president and general manager Kevin Payne who was an executive
at DC United when he played there previously between 2001 and 2005.

Speaking over the weekend, boss Harry Redknapp revealed his regret at the fact he was set to lose his star man.

He said: ‘There is some truth in the rumour I’m afraid. Nelsen is very important to us, a fantastic leader, a top player.

‘But he has been offered a job in America and I think there is every chance he might want to go. He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.

‘He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader.

‘He is a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us.’

Sunderland close in on Danny Graham

Sunderland close in on 4m swoop for Graham

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:41 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 7 January 2013

Sunderland are closing in on a 4milllion-plus move for Swansea striker Danny Graham, as exclusively revealed in Sportsmail last week.

A deal could have been completed over the weekend but for Swansea being held up in their efforts to sign Kenwyne Jones as replacement.

Swansea still hope to reach an agreement with Stoke for Jones.

High five: Graham could be on his way to Sunderland

High five: Graham could be on his way to Sunderland

Exeter 19 Northampton 30: Chiefs scalped as Saints go fourth

Exeter 19 Northampton 30: Chiefs scalped as Saints go fourth in Aviva Premiership

PUBLISHED:

17:58 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:58 GMT, 5 January 2013

Northampton climbed to fourth place in the Aviva Premiership as they became the first side to beat Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in the league this season.

Tries from Ken Pisi, Soane Tonga'uiha and Gerrit-Jan van Velze steered the visitors to victory, with Stephen Myler kicking three conversions and three penalties.

Kicking king: Stephen Myler booted three penalties

Kicking king: Stephen Myler booted three penalties

Exeter, who either side of Christmas narrowly lost at Gloucester and were then denied a home victory over Bath by a late converted penalty try, made just one change among their backs with Ian Whitten starting in the centre in place of Jason Shoemark. In the pack Ben Moon started at loosehead prop with Neil Clark at hooker.

Dean Mumm switched to the second row and was joined by James Hanks while Tom Johnson and Ben White made up the back row with skipper for the day Richard Baxter at number eight.

Breaking through: Saints' Phil Dowson barges past the Chiefs' defence

Breaking through: Saints' Phil Dowson barges past the Chiefs' defence

The Saints, who went into the game one point above Exeter, named an unchanged back division while Tonga'uiha came in at loosehead prop, Paul Doran Jones at tighthead, Mark Sorenson at lock and Calum Clark at blindside flanker.

Going down: Neil Clark of Exeter takes on the Saints' defence

Going down: Neil Clark of Exeter takes on the Saints' defence

Both sides committed unforced errors in the opening minutes but 10 minutes into the game full-back Luke Arscott found a gap on his 30-metre break and then passed outside to wing Matt Jess who was taken to ground just outside the Saints 22.

Exeter were rewarded for their possession advantage and when flanker Phil Dowson was penalised at the breakdown and fly-half Gareth Steenson drilled the penalty kick through the uprights to put the home side in front.

On the run: Dowson gets tackled by Whitten

On the run: Dowson gets tackled by Whitten

But Northampton hit back as Arscott's poor kick from deep was collected by fly-half Myler who put full-back Ben Foden away on the counter-attack and he slipped past his opposite number before offloading to wing Pisi.

The Samoan international jinked to
avoid centre Phil Dollman's try-saving tackle attempt to touch down
behind the posts. Myler added the simple extras and then added a
long-range penalty on the half hour.

The fly-half, who saw his next attempt hit the upright, then added a second penalty from out wide on the left.

Exeter
reduced the arrears as Steenson added a penalty after England hooker
Dylan Hartley was sent to the sin bin as his side led 13-6 at the break.

Exeter
started the second half looking to take advantage of the extra man
against a seven-man scrum which they wheeled, allowing Steenson to
reduce the deficit further with his third penalty.

Myler
cancelled that out with a 38-metre kick before Arscott was stopped
short, but the home side cut the arrears to four points with Steenson's
fourth penalty just before the Saints were restored to full strength
with Hartley back on the field.

Exeter
were then forced to defend their line and when the Saints were awarded a
penalty close to the line they opted to kick to touch.

From the line-out and resultant drive Tonga'uiha got the touchdown and Myler converted. The
Saints line was put under pressure, and with the referee playing
advantage replacement centre Sireli Naqelevuki powered over for a Chiefs
try which replacement fly-half Ignacio Mieres converted.

Under pressure: Exeter's Lee Dickson of kicks for touch as Hoani Tui charges down

Under pressure: Exeter's Lee Dickson of kicks for touch as Hoani Tui charges down

Northampton,
from another catch and drive, crossed for their third try after referee
Greg Garner referred the matter to TMO Geoff Warren, with number eight
Van Velze getting the touchdown and Myler adding the touchline
conversion.