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Leeds United takeover – fans happy with GFH Capital

Happy Leeds fans hail new era as GFH finally complete Elland Road takeover

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 21 December 2012

The chairman of the Leeds United Supporters Trust claims the club are ready for the start of a new era after GFH Capital completed their takeover.

GFH, a private equity firm based in Dubai, finally bought Leeds from Ken Bates on Friday and are ready to invest in Neil Warnock’s team to mount a promotion challenge this season.

All smiles: (left to right) David Haigh, Shaun Harvey and Salem Patel

All smiles: (left to right) David Haigh, Shaun Harvey and Salem Patel

Lifelong Leeds fan David Haigh and Salem Patel opened talks last May with Bates, who will remain as chairman until the end of the season.

They finalised the takeover after completing the Football League’s owners and directors test on Monday.

Gary Cooper, who formed LUST in 2010, said: ‘We were told to live the dream in the mid-1990s and that nearly sent the club out of existence.

‘What we need now is a board with sensible plans and commitment to making Leeds United great again.

All white on the night: Leeds celebrate taking the lead against Chelsea

All white on the night: Leeds celebrate taking the lead against Chelsea

‘We hope GFH are able to do that and everything they have said points to them being able to do so.

‘The board needs to reconnect with the people of Leeds and its supporters and they will come back in their thousands.

‘Attendances have dipped in recent years, but we saw against Chelsea on Wednesday we still have a huge fanbase.’

Bradley Wiggins wins stage four of Criterium du Dauphine

Wiggins extends lead in Criterium du Dauphine as he wins stage four

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UPDATED:

14:52 GMT, 7 June 2012

Britain's Bradley Wiggins won stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday to strengthen his overall lead.

German Tony Martin finished second in the 53.5-km individual time trial from Villie-Morgon. Australia's Michael Rogers was third.

Out in front: Bradley Wiggins won stage four of Criterium du Dauphine

Out in front: Bradley Wiggins won stage four of Criterium du Dauphine

Fernando Torres: Chelsea must make Champions League

We must do whatever it takes! Torres sounds rallying cry ahead of Barca clash

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UPDATED:

09:35 GMT, 24 April 2012

Fernando Torres insists Chelsea are ready to fight their way to the Champions League final – and make sure they don't miss out on a place at Europe's top table next season.

The Blues will defend a 1-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

And with Roberto Di Matteo's side currently lying outside the Premier League top four, victory in the final next month could be Chelsea's only route back into the competition.

Getting stuck in: Fernando Torres (second right) has called on Chelsea to fight for the cause

Getting stuck in: Fernando Torres (second right) has called on Chelsea to fight for the cause

'It would be a catastrophe to miss out on the Champions League and we must be prepared to do anything to achieve this,' Torres told uefa.com.

'It doesn’t matter who plays, who scores, who gives the assists and who stays out. The important thing is that we are successful.

'This team has slightly changed the way I play, because of their style. For me the most important thing is to score goals – that’s what I practice every day – but we all know this season has been tough and the team is the most important thing.'

Meanwhile Torres, who is set to benched at the Nou Camp, has hailed the influence of interim boss Di Matteo, who has rescued the Blues’ season with 10 wins and just one defeat in 14 matches.

Torres added: 'His message is clearly aimed at team spirit – fighting. You have to fight and then your talent will come through afterwards.

Big night: Chelsea will defend a narrow lead against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi final

Big night: Chelsea will defend a narrow lead against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi final

Big night: Chelsea will defend a narrow lead against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi final

'When all of that comes together, you’ll overtake your opponent most of the time. But everybody understands what he wants – it is all for the club. He came from this club, he played here, so he is from here.'

Chelsea will hope to take advantage of a Barcelona side that has lost two games in a row following their El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday.

The Catalan giants are bidding to become the first side to successfully defend the Champions Leaue trophy and Torres is aware of the task facing the visiting side.

Chelsea managed to eek out a victory
last week despite rarely seeing the ball and mustering just one shot on
goal, which Didier Drogba converted.

Slump Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side have lost to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last week

Slump Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side have lost to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last week

Slump Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side have lost to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last week

Barcelona enjoyed more than 70 per cent of possession but were unable to find a way past Petr Cech.

'It’s clear that Barcelona are a step ahead of all other clubs,' Torres added.

They have reached the last five semi-finals, and that’s not easy at all, but this is football: the best team doesn’t always win. Xavi and Iniesta are players who dictate the rhythm of the game. When you play against them, you need to know that they are guiding the game.

'Many teams who play Barcelona think that you have to steal the ball from them, but I don’t think that’s possible. You have to use different weapons against them. If you want to steal the ball, you won’t manage it and you’ll get tired, and then create more space for your opponent.'

West Indies blow chance to take series lead against Australia

Australia revel in blockbuster finish as Windies blow chance to take lead

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UPDATED:

23:06 GMT, 20 March 2012

Darren Sammy was run out with just two balls remaining in an incredible finish as the West Indies tied the third one-day international against Australia, blowing the chance to take the lead in the series.

The hosts, who had used a late flurry of wickets to restrict Australia to 220 earlier in the day, recovered from early troubles to close in on their target, needing seven off the final over.

Two quick singles and a four from Sammy gave them three balls to chase the winning run, but with an unlikely victory seeming to be moments away, Kemar Roach got overexcited, calling for an impossible single and leaving his team-mate stranded.

So close: West Indies' captain Darren Sammy lost the chance to go ahead of Australia

So close: West Indies' captain Darren Sammy lost the chance to go ahead of Australia

It meant the West Indies had matched Australia's 220 all out while only facing one ball fewer, with the tourists being bowled out in 49.5 overs.

That the West Indies came close to a victory was a surprise after they found themselves at 78 for five after 21 overs.

Kieran Powell was stumped early on for 12, and Marlon Samuels added just two off 20 balls before he was bowled by Shane Watson.

Darren Bravo went for a duck to leave the hosts on 52 for three, and after opener Johnson Charles fell five runs shy of a half-century, Dwayne Bravo soon followed for 13.

But the hosts fought back impressively.

Kieron Pollard put on 36, Andre Russell 37, and when Carlton Baugh went for 33 the score was a much more competitive 190 for eight with a little over five overs remaining.

The Kingston crowd's nerves were tested when Sunil Narine went for 10 with 16 balls left, but it was ultimately Roach's nerves that frayed at the crucial moment.

Boom: Brett Lee ran out Sammy

Boom: Brett Lee ran out Sammy

Earlier, a flurry of late wickets prevented Australia from setting a bigger target.

The last six wickets fell for 18 runs with three coming in the space of five balls as three Australians – Brett Lee, Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty – went for ducks in little time.

However, the tourists could be grateful for 67 runs from Mike Hussey and another impressive display from George Bailey, who added 59 for his maiden ODI fifty, in giving them a solid platform before the collapse.

Together, Hussey and Bailey put on 112 for the fourth wicket, taking Australia to 170 after opener Watson made just 10 before being run out and first man in Matthew Wade soon followed for two, bowled by Narine.

Nice work: Sammy is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of David Warner

Nice work: Sammy is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of David Warner

When David Warner's innings came to a close, caught by Sammy off Pollard for 37, Australia were wobbling on 58 for three.

Bailey and Hussey stemmed the tide as they batted out 25 overs, the partnership eventually ended when Bailey was caught off Samuels, who then had Hussey stumped six overs later.

Hussey's departure came with the score on 202 and they failed to add a run before his brother David departed for 15, bowled by Roach.

Roach accounted for Lee moments later with McKay and Doherty following soon after to leave Australia on 208 for nine.

The innings came to a close one ball short of the full 50 overs with Narine trapping Daniel Christian for the final wicket.

The five-match series is tied at 1-1.

SIX NATIONS 2012: Stuart Lancaster should get job – Alex Corbisiero

Corbisiero adds voice to calls for Lancaster to be awarded permanent England job

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 18 March 2012

England prop Alex Corbisiero has made a strong case for the Rugby Football Union to keep Stuart Lancaster and his interim coaching team in place on a permanent basis.

Lancaster's bid for the job strengthened every week as England secured second place in the RBS 6 Nations championship, a campaign they rounded off with a 30-9 demolition of Ireland on Saturday.

Jake White has already bowed out of contention and Nick Mallett, thought to be another leading candidate, appears to have conceded the job to Lancaster.

Dominant: Alex Corbisiero (right) was impressive in England's win over Ireland

Dominant: Alex Corbisiero (right) was impressive in England's win over Ireland

Speaking after England's triumph over Ireland, Mallett said: 'You can't see the RFU wanting to change a coach when you look at the team and how happy they are.'

And that was exactly the message Corbisiero portrayed after he had played a lead role in the destruction of the Irish scrum.

'I have nothing but great words to say for (forwards coach) Graham Rowntree,' Corbisiero said.

'It is not my decision (what happens with the coaches), but we have all be very impressed with him. He is a guy that commands respect and players want to play for him – you can see that in the whole team.

'You can see that with Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell. We have a good environment, we play for each other and we play for the coaches.

Main man: Stuart Lancaster (centre) has been backed to continue his work

Main man: Stuart Lancaster (centre) has been backed to continue his work

'Whatever happens, happens, but there are a lot of positives where we are at the moment.'

Lancaster took the reins on a temporary basis after the World Cup debacle and his new-look team have restored a sense of pride in English rugby and delivered results on the field.

England won at Murrayfield for the first time in eight years and last weekend they ended France's 10-match unbeaten home run in the championship.

Lancaster's men rounded off the Six Nations with a victory over Ireland founded on a ferocious scrummaging performance, which earned a penalty try and allowed Owen Farrell to kick 20 points.

Team: Andy Farrell (right) and Paul Stridgeon have helped England bounce back

Team: Andy Farrell (right) and Paul Stridgeon have helped England bounce back

Ben Youngs came on to add a late second try with a quick tap penalty, which had been earned by another destructive England set piece effort.

With the front row boasting an average age of just 24, Corbisiero warned the global game there is a lot more to come from England's scrummagers.

'Last year Dylan (Hartley), Dan (Cole) and I learned a hard lesson against Ireland in Dublin, but we put a lot of things right,' Corbisiero said.

'I am very proud of the boys and very proud to be involved.

'Hopefully we have got a lot more years together to develop and keep improving. We showed that in each game, taking it a step up.

'I am really enjoying being in this environment under Rowntree with those guys playing. It has been absolutely exceptional.'

Six Nations 2012: Stuart Lancater will discover England fate before end of tournament

Lancaster will learn England fate BEFORE end of Six Nations, says new RFU chief

The Rugby Football Union will decide on whether Stuart Lancaster is the right man to lead England on a full-time basis before the end of his RBS 6 Nations audition.

New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie confirmed that Lancaster, who is currently in charge on an interim basis, will be interviewed for the permanent position before the end of the championship.

In the frame: Stuart Lancaster wants to secure the England job on a permanent basis

In the frame: Stuart Lancaster wants to secure the England job on a permanent basis

England play France in Paris a week on Sunday and finish their campaign at home to Ireland on March 17.

Ritchie wants to make an appointment within the next three weeks and he will play a lead role in the selection of the new head coach, taking advice from a panel that includes Sir Ian McGeechan, Conor O`Shea, Richard Hill and Rob Andrew.

Good to talk: New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie fields questions from the meda

Good to talk: New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie fields questions from the meda

Lancaster is the only candidate to confirm he has applied for the role of Martin Johnson's permanent successor, although Nick Mallett, Eddie O'Sullivan and John Kirwan have all been linked to the job.

Ritchie said: 'We are going to see Stuart while the Six Nations is under way. Stuart knows that.

Taking charge: Ritchie will be responsible for appointing a permanent coach at Twickenham

Taking charge: Ritchie will be responsible for appointing a permanent coach at Twickenham

'We have tried to do it at a time that is most convenient to Stuart.

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'I appreciate it puts more pressure on Stuart because he has the day job to getting on with. It is helpful to be able to do that so we can move the process on.

'Timetable-wise I would hope, believe, we should be in a situation to do it (make an appointment) by the end, towards the end, of the Six Nations.'

Six Nations 2012: Dylan Hartley – I would love to captain England

I would love to captain England, says Hartley

Dylan Hartley has staked his claim for the England captaincy ahead of their Six Nations opener against Scotland next Saturday.

While Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins
skipper, is thought to be the prime contender in the absence of the
injured Tom Wood, Northampton captain Hartley admitted he would relish
the leading role if it is offered to him by interim coach Stuart
Lancaster. 'If asked I feel I could do it,' he said.

Taking the lead: Dylan Hartley

Taking the lead: Dylan Hartley

'I would feel very confident doing it. There is so much experience in a youthful squad, so it's no big deal about who gets it. It's not an ego thing and whoever gets it will be ready and supported by everyone. If it was me, it would be very special.'

Hartley is only 25, but he is now a veteran among rookies in the national squad. Of the 32 men selected by Lancaster for the looming campaign, only three have won more than hooker Hartley's 34 caps – Toby Flood (46), Matt Stevens (39) and Lee Mears (38). Of that trio, only Stevens has a chance of starting against Scotland at Murrayfield, so Hartley could be the leading man in England's XV in terms of experience.

He added: 'I believe in simple captaincy – simple messages and I go out and try to do my job on the field.

'If I feel there's something that needs to be said, I will say it.'