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Martin Jol rules Fulham out of signing Chelsea"s Frank Lampard

Lampard will never play for Fulham! Jol rules out move for ace

By
Simon Peach, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

22:40 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:49 GMT, 17 April 2013

Martin Jol has laughed off any chance of Fulham signing Frank Lampard ahead of tomorrow's west London derby with Chelsea.

The 34-year-old midfielder might be just two goals shy of the Blues' all-time scoring record, but a Stamford Bridge exit at the end of his contract this summer looks likely.

Having stayed on the bench for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City, Lampard is in line to make his 600th Chelsea appearance tomorrow at Craven Cottage.

Moving on: Chelsea's Frank Lampard looks set to leave the club in the summer

Moving on: Chelsea's Frank Lampard looks set to leave the club in the summer

Fulham boss Jol was full of praise for the England international ahead of the match but dismissed suggestions he might make a summer approach.

'He is the most productive midfield player in England in the last 30 or 40 years,' the Dutchman said.

'Everyone would love to have him. He's fit and is a good character.

'He will have a smile on his face if he listens to Fulham but I would love to have him.

Heading for the exit: Lampard has scored 200 goals for Chelsea

Heading for the exit: Lampard has scored 200 goals for Chelsea

'But it's hypothetical as he will never play for Fulham. I'm not sure he will play for a top-10 team.

'He's a legend – a living legend over there. He won all the prizes over there. In the end I have a feeling they will keep him.'

Any move for Lampard would fly in the face of Jol's ambition to lower the age of the Fulham squad.

They have had the oldest in the Premier League for the past three seasons, but the Dutchman will not use young players for the sake of it.

'Necessity is the mother of invention,' he said. 'I've got a few youngsters but they have to do well.

No interest: Martin Jol says he won't move for Lampard in the summer

No interest: Martin Jol says he won't move for Lampard in the summer

'For example Matthew Briggs is a youngster and has played for a few loan teams but he has to do well.

'If you don't do well you can't expect to be in the first team.

'Kaca (Alex Kacaniklic) did okay but they have to work hard and develop themselves.

'Kerim Frei is one them. Chris David will be one of them but they have to prove they are as good as someone in the first team.

'It's not an easy one but I'm 100 per cent certain that we have one of the best academies in England. They proved that every year – champions of England and finalists before.

'How many players in England are 18 or 19 in the first team Mention one player. But Fulham will have one or two. I am always respectful for my older players.'

Newcastle lout Barry Rogerson admits punching Bud the horse but claims the spooked animal "charged at him" during derby rampage

Newcastle lout who punched horse apologises and says he loves animals

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:07 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 17 April 2013

The Newcastle lout who punched a police horse during ugly scenes after the Tyne-Wear derby insisted he was an animal lover who was acting self-defence.

Shamed Barry Rogerson said he was living in fear after his name and address were posted on the internet by animal rights activists.

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Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Rogerson was pictured aiming a right
hook at the Shire-cross, named Bud, as Newcastle fans ran amok after
losing 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

But the 45-year-old, who lives near Morpeth, Northumberland, claimed the footage, posted on YouTube, gave the wrong impression.

Rogerson said he had pulled a scarf over his face because a filling had fallen out of a front tooth.

And he only hit out in panic after the horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at him.

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Derby day violence in Newcastle

Rogerson,
living on disability benefits after quitting a factory job in 2005
because of a lung condition, told The Sun: 'It all happened so quickly. I
had just left the pub after the match and I walked straight into the
middle of it.

'The horse was spooked by a fire cracker and charged at me.

'At
first I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then I
punched him with my right. It was sheer panic. I believe it made contact
with the horse.

'It was an instant reaction. The horse just came towards me and I reacted stupidly.

'I apologise for it — I did not actually go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I have got three dogs and a fishpond.

VIDEO: Newcastle lout punches horse after the game

Rioting in Newcastle after Geordies lose Tyne-Wear derby 3-0

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Usain Bolt Christmas message to fans on Twitter

Season's greetings from the sprint king! Bolt takes to Twitter to wish fans Merry Christmas

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UPDATED:

18:45 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sprinter Usain Bolt took to Twitter to wish his millions of fans around the world a Merry Christmas.

2012 has been a year to remember for the 26-year-old Jamaican after he starred at the London Olympic Games by claiming the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles.

Bolt became the only man to have retained both individual sprint golds and helped his team become the first to run under 37 seconds in the relay.

After winning the 200m title, he said: ‘I'm a living legend. I was fast, but I was not fit enough.’

Merry Christmas: Usain Bolt uses his famous pose to wish fans all the best for the season

Merry Christmas: Usain Bolt uses his famous pose to wish fans all the best for the season

Sprint king: Usain Bolt proved his dominance at the Olympic Games by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay

Sprint king: Usain Bolt proved his dominance at the Olympic Games by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay

Flying across the line: Bolt wins the 100m at the Olympics

Flying across the line: Bolt wins the 100m at the Olympics

His sixth Games gold made him the most decorated Olympic sprinter of all-time.

And Bolt posted a message on his
Twitter account with a picture of him celebrating in London with three
Christmas baubles replaced by his gold medals.

Last week, he added another gong to his collection as he was named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

On receiving the award he said: 'It was a great Olympics, a great year and I worked really hard.'

Golden moment: Bolt celebrates after being presented with his 100m gold

Golden moment: Bolt celebrates after being presented with his 100m gold

Trading places: Bolt celebrates with Great Britain's Mo Farah

Trading places: Bolt celebrates with Great Britain's Mo Farah

Watch a re-run of the Olympic 100m final below

Michael Jamieson wins 200m breaststroke silver at World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul

Jamieson follows up Olympic silver with second-placed finish at World Short-Course Championships

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UPDATED:

00:19 GMT, 15 December 2012

Michael Jamieson displayed all the hunger and desire that drove him to Olympic silver as he banished the memory of a 'hopeless' morning swim to finish second in the 200 metres breaststroke at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

It was Great Britain's third medal of the five-day competition after Hannah Miley and Jemma Lowe had claimed gold and bronze respectively on the first day at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

It was also hard-fought given the 24-year-old had only squeezed into the final as the slowest qualifier.

Jamieson was the slowest qualifier for the final after a disappointing morning

Jamieson was the slowest qualifier for the final after a disappointing morning

The Bath ITC swimmer's frustration was clear this morning but that is symptomatic of the hunger that helped drive him on when he was living in Paris without funding in an attic room so small he could stand in the middle and touch both walls and with a shower that doubled as a wardrobe.

Coming into the race it was his team-mate Andrew Willis who stood out, a new English record seeing him qualify fourth.

Tonight's line-up was loaded with quality and the pair needed to be at their best to be in the mix and with 50m to go, Jamieson was second and Willis third.

The Scot dug in, holding off the fast-finishing Russian Viatcheslav Sinkevich to lower his own British record to two minutes 03.00 seconds and claim the silver.

The Scot added World Short-Course silver to his Olympic silver medal

The Scot added World Short-Course silver to his Olympic silver medal

It also took more than three seconds off the time he had swum this morning, one he had described as 'hopeless'.

Willis was overhauled to finish fifth in 2:03.29, 0.21secs off the podium.

Jamieson said: 'It just goes to show the power of psychology.

'To be honest, after I came out of that heat I didn't even want to swim the final after seeing the result, I was just so annoyed.

'But I just went back and dressed myself down a bit – it goes to show you can race best times unrested.

'I just went it for it tonight – it was a bonus to get in so I just decided to go for it from the start.

'I didn't want to lose I guess.'

Britain's Lizzie Symonds finished fifth in the 200m backstroke

Britain's Lizzie Symonds finished fifth in the 200m backstroke

USA's Ryan Lochte was in a league of his own as he broke his 200m medley world record

USA's Ryan Lochte was in a league of his own as he broke his 200m medley world record

The race was won in a new championship record of 2:01.35 by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, who set a world record in holding off Jamieson at the Olympics, although that was subsequently lowered by Akihiro Yamaguchi, fourth here.

Jamieson added: 'I'm getting there – I've got a collection of silver medals, the next stage is to change the colour of that.

'But Dan (Gyurta) is untouchable just now – it's about time someone closed that gap on him, I'd love to see his medal cabinet, it seems to be growing all the time.

'But fair play to him, he's been the man to beat in the last few years and he is running away with titles at the minute.'

Jamieson and Willis train alongside each other and the latter said: “There is definitely part of me that wants to be keeping up with him or beating him at the same time.

'I think deep down we're pretty competitive against each other in training and it's great, at the same time to have someone to push you.

'He is a great swimmer, he's got the medals coming in now and that is what I should be learning from.'

Another Bath swimmer, Lizzie Simmonds, was fifth in the 200m backstroke in 2:04.55.

The 21-year-old was fourth in London, after which she moved from Loughborough to embark upon a completely different training programme.

The women's 4x100m medley relay finished fourth in a British record of 3:51.85.

Jaz Carlin was fifth in the 400m freestyle (4:02.45) and Sophie Allen finished sixth in the 100m individual medley (59.03).

Ryan Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medallist, was a world apart as he lowered his own world record in the 200m individual medley to 1:49.63.

Arsenal want to sell Andre Santos despite Brazil defender pledging future

Santos heading for Arsenal exit despite Brazilian pledging his future to the club

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Arsenal want to off-load Andre Santos, despite the defender insisting he wants to stay.

The Brazilian only joined the club in 2011 for 6million but has come under fire this season for a string of below-par performances, as well as asking for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time of their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

But speaking to Globo Esporte in his homeland, the 29-year-old said: 'I received calls from interested clubs in Brazil, Turkey and Italy, but it is just speculation. Nobody handed me anything.

'The coach, who is also a manager, never said anything to me. I know he is very transparent and I am focused on staying at Arsenal, winning a title, doing well in the Champions League, and I have three more years of muy contract. I'm happy here.

'I hope to play more and more opportunities. I'm at a top club in Europe, living in London, my family is well structured, and I'm well adapted.

'I have much to give at Arsenal and I will still run after that. I have many goals in his career.'

DAVID LLOYD TEST DIARY: Rolling Stones fan Bumble says – It"s only an England Test victory in India… but I like it, like it, yes I dooo!

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Rolling Stones fan Bumble says – It's only an England Test victory in India… but I like it, like it, yes I do!

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 26 November 2012

MOVE OVER LOCK AND LAKER, IT'S THE MONTY AND SWANNY SHOW

Well, everyone is thrilled. You win some and lose some in Test cricket but that was a fabulous performance from England, individually and collectively. The two spinners bowling in tandem was reminiscent of Laker and Lock in their prime. Monty and Swann took 19 wickets in the match between them! Magic. England are sitting pretty and now have 10 days to absorb everything.

Spin twins I: Australian Jimmy Burke, caught Tony Lock (first slip) bowled Jim Laker for 33. The pair bowling in tandem was an effective weapon for England

Spin twins I: Australian Jimmy Burke, caught Tony Lock (first slip) bowled Jim Laker for 33. The pair bowling in tandem was an effective weapon for England

Spin twins II: England's Monty Panesar (left) is congratulated by team-mate Graeme Swann after taking his fifth wicket during the third cricket Test against India in Dubai on February 5, 2012 (FILE IMAGE)

Spin twins II: England's Monty Panesar (left) is congratulated by team-mate Graeme Swann after taking his fifth wicket during the third cricket Test against India in Dubai on February 5, 2012 (FILE IMAGE)
REUTERS/Philip Brown (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

BROAD IS STRUGGLING AND I'D KEEP BELL OUT

England will look at making two changes. Ian Bell could come straight back in but I would want assurances that his mind is in India and not back in Birmingham with his baby boy. And the selectors need to talk to Stuart Broad, who is under the weather and looks as though he needs a break. He is trying his guts out but is only bowling at 80mph when he can reach 90mph. Stuart is vice-captain, so he is part of the management team – therefore he will be part of the final decision but he is honest enough to admit when he is struggling.

HARBHAJAN AND DHONI IN A SPIN AT BACKLASH

There will be an almighty backlash in India. All the newspapers will be selecting the team for the next Test and questioning the captain, MS Dhoni, and the living legend that is Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian team will be confused now because they have just produced a raging turner and been shaken to their boots by English spin! And they played three spinners themselves in Mumbai but it didn’t work.Harbhajan Singh looks a shadow of his former self and expect him to make way.

MS Dhoni

Harbhajan Singh

Under pressure: Captain MS Dhoni (left) and Harbhajan (right) are facing a backlash in India follow defeat

LIVING IN A BATSMAN'S PARADISE

India are now likely to produce a batsman’s paradise for the Third Test in 10 days’ time in Kolkata, where India have made 600 in their last three Tests. When it’s flat as a pancake, England’s bowlers can struggle but even if it is a draw, England would have snapped your hand off for 1-1 going in to a decider. If it is flat, there should be confidence in the England batting line-up that they can just be selfish and help themselves to big runs.

VICTORY I LIKE IT, LIKE IT, YES I DO!

I’ve got to finish with the Rolling Stones. I’ve seen them three times now in London and Cardiff and they are simply awesome, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world! My favourite tracks Gimme Shelter and It’s Only Rock n Roll…and I like it, like it, yes I do!

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood

Wannabe rocker: Sportsmail's David 'Bumble' Lloyd

Wannabe rocker: Sportsmail's David 'Bumble' Lloyd

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Death threats to Halsey opened Taylor"s eyes to referee"s plight in the modern game

Death threats to Halsey opened Taylor's eyes to referee's plight in the modern game

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 1 November 2012

Steven Taylor had just finished sparring with Sunderland fans when he bumped into Mark Halsey at St James’ Park last Sunday.

It should have been an innocuous conversation with the fourth official before Newcastle’s clash with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, a chance for a quick chat with a popular match official.

What happened next left the former England Under 21 defender wide-eyed as he was given an insight into the world of top-class refereeing.

Banter: Steven Taylor (right) has a glint in his eye as he shares a moment with Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Banter: Steven Taylor (right) has a glint in his eye as he shares a moment with Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Taylor said: ‘Mark asked me what the reaction of the Sunderland fans had been and I told him there had been no problems, just a bit of banter.

‘I didn’t realise Mark gets death threats to him and his family. I didn’t know that kind of thing happened, so it was a bit of a shock to me, a real eye-opener.

'When they’re talking about his family, his kids, talking about putting a bullet in their heads, that’s too far. I haven’t had anything like that.

‘Halsey was trying to make me feel better about my situation by telling me what happened to him, but that’s another level.’

This is the modern-day plight of referees, living in fear of reprisals over decisions made at high speed and under matchday pressure.

It has been a difficult week for officials in light of Chelsea’s complaint into the conduct of Mark Clattenburg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have filed a report to the FA citing ‘inappropriate language’ towards John Mikel Obi, but no-one at the club denies that the alleged insult is the word ‘monkey’.

This is different territory for a referee, but the 80,000-a-year officials have become accustomed to the abuse and the threats from supporters.

In September, a fan was cautioned by Greater Manchester Police after Halsey, who recovered from throat cancer in 2009, was abused on Twitter.

Halsey had refereed Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Anfield when Liverpool fan John Wareing tweeted: ‘I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies.’

Death threats: Mark Halsey has received vile abuse from supporters

Death threats: Mark Halsey has received vile abuse from supporters

Taylor added: ‘It’s different for Mark because he gets abuse and threats and it’s down to the decisions he’s made. I asked him how he dealt with it and he said he just had to get on with it and not let it affect him, but that must be incredibly hard.

‘I don’t know how he can shrug that kind of thing off because I’m not that kind of person. He’s a brave guy for what he’s been through and after everything that has been said about his family.’

The abuse is relentless, far more sinister compared with anything Taylor endured at the Stadium of Light after joking that he would rather collect stamps than watch Sunderland.

They responded by singing ‘Steven Taylor, we wish you were dead’, but the big central defender thought nothing of it.

The Newcastle defender added: ‘The Sunderland fans know what I’m like, it was all tongue in cheek, but some of their fans got caught up in the emotion of it.

‘I was only having some fun, stirring things up a bit. I’ve talked to Sunderland fans and they understood it was about getting the North-East derby back up to where it should be.

‘I think the fans were just lost for words about what to sing about me. We were having a laugh with each other, there were 48,000 and the atmosphere is always great there. I really enjoyed it.’

These are volatile times for football, with fans creating hostile atmospheres and players putting intolerable pressure on referees as they press for an advantage.

The Newcastle defender, in the squad for Sunday’s clash at Liverpool, added: ‘Players put massive pressure on referees.

‘In the dressing room before games we are told by one of the backroom staff who is the referee, how many red and yellow cards they’ve given out so far this season.

‘If you act all big time the referee is just going to ignore you. Players are so clever these days and they go down with the slightest of touches.

‘I think we’ve seen them clamping down on this diving thing, but I think it’s getting even harder for referees.

‘Like players, different referees have different characters and egos.

‘People should treat referees the way you want to be treated.

For their own self-respect they need to keep their cool and not let things affect them.’

Neil Robertson into second round of International snooker Championship

Robertson overcomes passport issues to make it into second round of inaugural International Championship

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UPDATED:

17:52 GMT, 28 October 2012

Neil Robertson advanced to the second round of the inaugural International Championship in Chengdu before revealing a passport mix-up almost cost him his place in the tournament.

Former world champion Robertson beat Welshman Ryan Day 6-3 in the evening session to set-up a potential meeting with Matthew Stevens in the next round.

But the Australian, who is currently living in England, had visa issues ahead of his trip to China and could have missed the chance to win the new 600,000 world ranking event.

Going through: Neil Robertson made it into the second round in in Chengdu

Going through: Neil Robertson made it into the second round in in Chengdu

'The past week has been a nightmare,” he told worldsnooker.com.

'I sent the passport recorded delivery to the DVLA's Peterborough office, but then they sent it by normal post to Swansea and then back to me. The Post Office was no help and I couldn't track it.

'The passport finally turned up at my house half an hour before I was due to leave to go to Heathrow to fly to Shanghai. So I just had to hope that when I arrived they would give me a visa.'

Robertson also praised the sport's governing body for supporting him during the mishap and thanked the staff who sorted the visa upon landing in China.

He said: 'Luckily World Snooker helped me a lot and I was able to provide all of the supporting documents to prove that I am a snooker player and I was going to the biggest tournament in China.

'As it turned out, the immigration staff in Shanghai all knew who I was and wanted pictures with me.

'I was there for about five hours, then I was given the visa and was able to fly to Chengdu. Obviously it was not ideal preparation so I'm just really pleased to have played well tonight and got the result.'

Shaun Murphy labelled the new tournament the “fourth major” on the snooker calendar.

The 30-year-old Englishman needed only 89 minutes to secure a spot in the second round, seeing off compatriot Andrew Higginson 6-0 with breaks of 67, 52, 86 and 96.

Murphy, who lifted the World Championship title in 2005, revealed he has been looking forward to what he considers an important new fixture in the sport.

'It's been a long time coming this tournament, and it's exciting to come to a city in the west of China where we've never been before,' he said.

'In terms of ranking points and prize money it's on a par with the UK Championship, so it can be seen as the fourth major.'

Jamie Burnett will face fellow Scot Stephen Maguire in the first round after beating Niu Zhuang 6-0 in their wild-card match.

Aditya Mehta of India also reached the first round proper after seeing off Zhu Yinghui 6-5.

He is joined in the final 32 by countryman Pankaj Advani after his wild-card opponent Zhou Yuelong pulled out of the tournament.

Fergal O'Brien set up a first round match against Judd Trump after a 6-3 success over Chen Feilong.

Three other wild-card matches were completed earlier in the day with 14-year-old Lu Haotian coming from 5-2 down to beat Michael White 6-5 in front of his home support.
White, who required treatment on an ankle he injured playing tennis yesterday, was forced to compete in just his socks to try and minimise the pain.

Lu will now progress directly into the second round after receiving a bye due to Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to pull out of the tournament.

Veteran Ken Doherty also bowed out to youthful Chinese opposition, the Irishman losing 6-5 to 15-year-old Zhao Xintong.

The all-Chinese tie between Cao Yupeng and Wang Yuchen saw the former fight from 4-1 down to secure a 6-5 win and secure a meeting with John Higgins in the last 32.

Jen Chang bullying Duncan Jenkins claims denied by Liverpool – Charles Sale

Liverpool see red over Chang bullying Duncan Jenkins claims

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 13 October 2012

Liverpool director of communications Jen Chang has denied extraordinary allegations made in an anonymous blog on Friday that he had harassed a supporter because his accurate transfer knowledge had cost the club money.

It was claimed Chang had promised to ban the unnamed fan for life, that crazy supporters would put dogs*** through his letter box and make his life 'a living hell', that the supporter might have to move home and that newspapers would 'ruin' his dad's online business.

These threats were allegedly made by Chang at a meeting with the mystery fan – who has the alter ego Duncan Jenkins – in Manchester following Liverpool displeasure at his fake Twitter account.

Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog

Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog

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Chang says the club believed the account
was being fed by an Anfield mole, who provided information about the
signings of Fabio Borini and Nuri Sahin.

The blog also accused a paranoid Chang of bombarding 'Duncan Jenkins' with phone calls and telling him that the club investigation into the tweets had diverted money from charitable projects.

The blog states: 'Everything I've written is 100 per cent true. There is not a single shred of embellishment in this account.'

But Chang, who confirms he did meet the self-styled Slam Dunc in Manchester, said: 'I will not be responding to total nonsense.

'The contents of my tweets that are included in the blog bear no relation whatsoever to the false accusations made by a fictional character.

'There was never any investigation by Liverpool over the tweets.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are keeping to their data-based Moneyball philosophies by appointing Ian Graham, who has a PhD in biological physics from Cardiff University, as their director of research to make the best use of all the statistics that now emerge from matches and training.

Sound of Lineker's gaffe still ringing in Middle East

Gary Lineker's filmed apology for his crass comment during Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage – that Montpellier players Karim Ait-Fana and Younes Belhanda 'ate grass' as they adopted the traditional Muslim prayer position to celebrate a goal – has helped keep the lid on a controversy that is still bubbling in the Middle East.

Sinfield still searching for Man of Steel

Kevin Sinfield, named on Friday as the England rugby league captain after leading Leeds Rhinos to a sixth Super League triumph, is recognised as his sport's marquee player.

He is inspirational enough to be
invited by England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster to motivate his
squad. Yet remarkably Sinfield has never made the three-strong shortlist
for rugby league's Man of Steel player of the year award.

That is voted for by the players, some of whom can only be envious of Sinfield's standing in the game.

Top dog: Kevin Sinfield is considered to be rugby league's marquee player

Top dog: Kevin Sinfield is considered to be rugby league's marquee player

Sky's cutbacks put speedway and snooker on backburner

Sky Sports' necessary cost-cutting after their increased 1billion spend on Premier League rights has put coverage of speedway and snooker in jeopardy.

And another pointer towards ESPN dismantling their UK TV sports operation after the loss of their PL packages is the departure of station boss Jeroen Oerlemans.

Frankie leaves it late

Frankie Dettori, having enjoyed the comforts of a night's stay at his chosen five-star London hotel courtesy of the Leaders in Racing conference, texted organisers the next day, four hours before his keynote appearance, to pull out of the event because he was feeling unwell.

Kieren Fallon was called in as a late replacement.

Not up to it Frankie Dettori pulled out of the Leaders of Racing conference because he was feeling unwell

Not up to it Frankie Dettori pulled out of the Leaders of Racing conference because he was feeling unwell

Dettori was also due to have hosted the racing industry reception at his own Frankie's Bar & Grill at Stamford Bridge that evening.

Meanwhile, a bigger surprise than a no-show from a sports star was Manchester City's former gaffe-prone chief executive Garry Cook managing to host a session at the Leaders in Football conference without making a clanger.

Mills' plan faces opposition

Sir Keith Mills' plan to set up a British Sports Marketing Bureau to attract sponsorship rights across all sports following the Olympics has opposition from sports best placed to go it alone.

UK Athletics and British Cycling have doubts and it is understood the country's biggest three sports, football, rugby union and cricket, have reservations as well.

Usain Bolt vows to defend Olympic sprint titles at Rio 2016

Bolt rules out switching to 400m by vowing to defend Olympic sprint titles at Rio 2016

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Usain Bolt has revealed he plans to defend his Olympic sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and not switch disciplines.

The Jamaican declared himself a 'living legend' after retaining his 100 and 200 metres crowns in London this summer, as well as being a member of his country's victorious 4x100m relay team.

He has previously hinted he could seek a new challenge in Rio, saying he wanted to have a go at the long jump, while he has continually been linked with the 400m, despite repeatedly insisting he does not want to step up in distance.

Vow: Bolt speaks in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday

Vow: Bolt speaks in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday

But, speaking on a trip to New Zealand, the world's fastest man confirmed his only intention is to go for a third defence of his sprint crowns in Brazil.

'Rio is about going and defending my titles,' Bolt said in Auckland. 'I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again. To do the three-peat, that is the focus.'

Bolt's main focus for next year are the World Championships in Moscow and he claimed he would not be taking things easy now the Olympics are over.

Legend: Bolt won three more gold medals in London

Legend: Bolt won three more gold medals in London

Legend: Bolt won three more gold medals in London

He added: 'It's all about hard work. When I was doing great when I was young, people used to say I was fast for my age, but I have put a lot of work into since I was a senior athlete.

'I continue to work hard, continue staying focused and pushing myself so for me that's the focus right now to see how fast I can go and I definitely try to go faster each year.'

Bolt was also delighted with the West Indies' victory in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

'I love cricket, it is my first love, but I don't play much,' he said.