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David Moyes hails Tim Howard on eve of his 200th consecutive Everton appearance

Moyes hails history man Howard set to become second player to make 200 consecutive appearances



22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

David Moyes has paid a glowing tribute to Tim Howard as the Everton goalkeeper prepares to add his name to the Barclays Premier League history books.

Howard will become only the second man in the Premier League era to make 200 consecutive appearances when he takes to the field at Stoke this afternoon – the only other player to achieve the feat is his compatriot Brad Friedel.

There have been questions raised about Howard’s form this season, particularly after he was culpable for goals against Newcastle, Southampton and Norwich, but Moyes has been quick to defend a player he took from Manchester United in 2006 to replace Nigel Martyn.

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

There will come a time in the future when Moyes knows Howard needs replacing and Everton’s manager is already on the lookout for a potential successor – he enquired about England Under-21 international Jack Butland in the summer.

Moyes, though, is adamant that the day when he is no longer Everton’s No 1 is a long way off and has hailed the talent and durability which has made him one of the best in the league.

‘Tim has not had many instances in his time here where he would warrant criticism,’ said Moyes.

‘Before him, Nigel was reliable, consistent and a great man to work with. To try and find another keeper like that, who you think most weeks you can trust, was not easy – But Tim has been that.

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

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Howard, Tim



Reina, Pepe



James, David



Lampard, Frank



James, David



Green, Robert



Given, Shay



Jaaskelainen, Jussi



Holland, Matt


‘He has to be kept on his toes like everyone else and there are standards we feel, like everyone, he has to get to. But he has been fantastic for us, he really has. Since we took him from Manchester United, he has been an excellent goalkeeper and a great guy to work with.

‘I think he is very conscientious about his work and how he goes about it. He has helped us in so many games and he is a big part of what we do. He is a big voice in the dressing room as well.

'Tim has competition and in the main his play has been very good. We are really comfortable with him.’

Moyes will work closely with his goalkeeping coach Chris Woods when recruiting another goalkeeper and Birmingham keeper Butland, who has also been watched by Liverpool, is a player who would fit the bill.

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

‘You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn Who is the next Tim Howard We are always looking to see who that next one would be,’ said Moyes.

‘You have to do that. We have enquired a couple of times about Butland, but not recently.’

Everton jumped into the top four last week with a dramatic win against Tottenham and the progress they have made over the last 12 months is significant as on this weekend last year, they were 15th with 17 points.

They must do without influential forward Kevin Mirallas, though, at Stoke.

The Belgian has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem and Moyes, who has revealed that Tony Hibbert requires surgery to repair a calf injury, said: ‘It is a worry because we are missing a really good player and someone who gives us a different attacking dimension.’

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB men miss medals in 4x400m

More relay misery as Great Britain just miss medals in 4x400m



20:48 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Great Britain finished an agonising fourth in the 4×400 metres final at the Olympic Stadium as a courageous anchor-leg run from Martyn Rooney just came up short.

Rooney attacked round the final bend and on the home straight past Russia's Pavel Trenikhin and was closing on Trinidad's Deon Lendore, but was held off.

The host quartet, which also included Conrad Williams, Jack Green and Dai Greene, finished in two minutes 59.53 seconds.

All gold: Ramon Miller of the Bahamas beats American Angelo Taylor to the line

All gold: Ramon Miller of the Bahamas beats American Angelo Taylor to the line

Bahamas won in 2mins 56.72secs, with the United States second and Trinidad third, 0.31s ahead of Britain.

South Africa, with Oscar Pistorius on the fourth leg, finished eighth.

More to follow..

London 2012: Dai Greene warned over "gay" Twitter jibe

Team GB captain Greene issued BOA warning after posting 'gay' Twitter jibe



14:28 GMT, 15 July 2012

The British Olympic Association have reminded their athletes to act 'carefully and responsibly' when using social media after Dai Greene fell foul of the organisation's guidelines in an online exchange.

Greene, the 400 metre hurdles world champion and Britain's athletics team captain for London 2012, prompted the BOA to reaffirm their stance on social media usage after using language that might be construed as offensive in a conversation with fellow British athlete Martyn Rooney on Twitter in June.

Trouble: Captain Dai Greene

Warning: Team GB captain Dai Greene has been reminded of his responsibilties

The tweet was later deleted by Greene, whose actions were subsequently looked into by the BOA.

No punishment has been handed down to Greene – with the BOA insisting the matter 'has been addressed' – but the Welshman's immediate bosses at Team GB will now remind all of their athletes of the need to exercise care online.

Mistake: Greene landed himself in hot water with his remarks - which he deleted - on Twitter

Mistake: Greene landed himself in hot water with his remarks – which he deleted – on Twitter

'We have contacted the leadership of our athletics delegation and asked them to remind their athletes about the importance of using social media carefully and responsibly,' read a BOA statement.

'It's basic advice that we have been providing to all members of the delegation as they go through prep camp and kitting out.

'As far as we are concerned, this issue has been addressed and is behind us.'

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili must go

London calling to Adam: Games needs teenage sprint ace Gemili, but still he won’t commit



21:30 GMT, 24 June 2012

The poster boy of the Olympic trials waltzed into the history books with an impossibly white-teethed smile that will illuminate London this summer.

Unfortunately, it was a scene from the American equivalent of the selection process that was taking place under leaden skies in Birmingham over the weekend.

The star was a 24-year-old decathlete called Ashton Eaton, who set a world record of 9,039 points. This former college phenomenon with podium-topping confidence to burn presented himself as the box-office hit for American track and field.

Golden boy: Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the men's decathlon

Golden boy: Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the men's decathlon


WOMEN: Sophie Hitchon (hammer), Christine Ohuruogu and Shana Cox (400m), Tiffany Porter and Jessica Ennis (100m hurdles), Shara Proctor (long jump), Goldie Sayers (javelin), Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child (400m hurdles), Eilish McColgan (3,000m steeplechase), Laura Weightman (1500m), Holly Bleasdale and Kate Dennison (pole vault), Jo Pavey (5,000m), Margaret Adeoye and Anyika Onuora (200m).

MEN: Steve Lewis (pole vault), Greg Rutherford (long jump), Dai Greene and Jack Green (400m hurdles), Andy Baddeley and Ross Murray (1500m), Adam Gemili (100m), Robbie Grabarz (high jump), Nick McCormick (5,000m), Martyn Rooney and Conrad Williams (400m), James Ellington and Christian Malcolm (200m), Lawrence Okoye (discus), Andrew Osagie (800m), Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke (110m hurdles).

Five thousand miles away from Eugene, Oregon, at the Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Birmingham, there were a few hundred empty seats in the 10,000-capacity arena. What the Midlands would have given for a jaw-dropping British hero.

Jessica Ennis was here but not competing in her chief Olympic endeavour, the heptathlon; Mo Farah selfishly withdrew from the 1500 metres after winning his heat with scant regard for the paying punter; and contrary triple jumper Phillips Idowu was absent, either malingering or injured.

Into that void galloped 18-year-old Adam Gemili, the Londoner of Moroccan-Iranian descent, who despite coming second on Saturday to Dwain Chambers is the only Briton who has qualified for the Olympic 100m.

So given his raw talent, having taken up full-time sprint training only last autumn, what debate could there possibly be about his participation in the first home Games this country has staged since soap rationing was scrapped

Question mark: Adam Gemili has not yet committed to running at the Olympics

Question mark: Adam Gemili has not yet committed to running at the Olympics

Over to Michael Afilaka, his coach, who said Gemili was ‘an emotional wreck’ on Saturday evening after competing with the big boys. ‘We’ll make the decision on whether he goes to the Olympics later on, maybe this week,’ he explained.

‘The thing you’ve got to remember is this is a young kid and everyone is getting carried away. It’s not about the world juniors (in Barcelona mid-July) versus the Olympics. It’s always been about the world juniors for us. This is just a bonus.

‘You’ve got to be sensible and it’s my job to make sure we set it up fine. If we go for it, it’s got to be in line with the original plan and as part of his development.’

Asked if it was not a win-win situation, Afilaka said: ‘No. We have an issue with good young kids who just don’t develop. If you throw him into the cauldron of the Olympics and he gets burned he might never recover. Being a home Olympics makes no difference. It’s brutal. From getting kitted out to walking into the Olympic Stadium, and it’s very unforgiving. It’s not about grabbing the chance. He’s not just a young kid; he’s young to athletics and we’ve got to manage that.’

Double act: Dwain Chambers and Gemili could represent Team GB

Double act: Dwain Chambers and Gemili could represent Team GB

Afilaka’s concerns are understandable but you could turn his argument on its head. God forbid, but Gemili’s career could be finished by this time next year, let alone when the Rio Olympics come round four years from now.

Why deny him that chance I cite Daley Thompson, as garlanded a decathlete as Eaton dreams of being. He was picked for the Montreal Olympics of 1976, aged 17. He finished 18th but said: ‘I wouldn’t have won in Moscow four years later if I hadn’t gone to Montreal with the experience it gave me.’

Ironically, the cast of non-qualified athletes who go to the European Championships in Helsinki in a final attempt to meet the required standard would not be dawdling over whether to go as Gemili’s people are. He could race against Usain Bolt. He could make the semi-final.

The sport, too, would benefit from the excitement his emergence in the purest, most electrifying of Olympic disciplines would generate. The 800 athletes competing here comprised the biggest entrance since 1972. But, still, athletics, pushed to the edge of TV schedules and struggling for crowds, owes it to itself to build on the momentum triggered by this Olympic frenzy.

Done it: James Ellington celebrates winning the men's 200m final at the trials

Done it: James Ellington celebrates winning the men's 200m final at the trials

What else have we learned this weekend First, we were reminded that trials which are not a sudden-death shootout, in the way the American and Jamaican systems are, lack knife-edge drama.

Conclusions on form were hard to establish. The wind was swirly, the temperature low. It was not conducive to fast times. Take world champion Dai Greene’s 49.47sec in winning the 400m hurdles, though his personal best is 47.88sec.

He was our only serious gold medal hope to compete here, at least in his favoured discipline, and not too perturbed by his performance. He goes to Diamond League meetings in Paris and London believing he will run faster and find focus in quicker company. For others, the ultimate importance of the trials was palpable. None more so than James Ellington, who placed himself on eBay to find a sponsor, namely King of Shaves.

‘The best day of my life,’ declared the heavily tattooed entrepreneur after winning the 200m and becoming the 33rd athlete to secure his selection in the weekend. ‘It’s what every athlete dreams of: winning the National Championships in Olympic year.’ Now for London. Gemili included, please.

Warren Gatland wants to join Wales squad in Melbourne for second Test

Gatland plans on joining Wales squad in Melbourne for second Test as recovery continues



12:12 GMT, 29 May 2012

Warren Gatland hopes to join up with Wales' Australia tour squad for the second Test in Melbourne in June.

Wales head coach Gatland is continuing his recovery in New Zealand after suffering two broken heels when he fell from a ladder at his holiday home last month.

Rob Howley will be in caretaker charge for the trip Down Under, which features three Test match appointments with the Wallabies and a midweek game against the Canberra-based Brumbies.

Recovery: Warren Gatland wants to be in Australia for the second Test

Recovery: Warren Gatland wants to be in Australia for the second Test

Gatland has also been a long-time favourite to coach the British and Irish Lions in Australia next year, which remains the case, although no announcement has yet been made.

While Gatland is certain to miss Wales' first Test in Brisbane on June 9, he is aiming to link up with the squad in time for the second Test seven days later.

He has been in regular contact with Howley and Wales' coaching team since his accident.

'I can assure you I am going to be right in a few weeks and be up and running around,' Gatland told BBC Wales' Scrum V programme.

'At this stage, I'll probably struggle to make Brisbane for the first Test. If I can be in Melbourne and Sydney for the second and third Tests, that will be great.

Nearly a centurion: Martyn Williams (right) is one off 100 caps

Nearly a centurion: Martyn Williams (right) is one off 100 caps

'As much as anything, just to go and have a little bit of an input, really, to support the coaches and players as much as anything.'

'I've spoken to the Lions, obviously. I think they are just waiting to have assurances that the injury is going to heal, that it's not going to be a hindrance in 12 months.'

Wales play the Barbarians in Cardiff this weekend, when flanker Martyn Williams is expected to win his 100th cap.

An advance party of players, headed by assistant coach and defence specialist Shaun Edwards, are due to leave for Australia on Thursday, with the remaining group heading Down Under next Sunday.

Howley will name the team for the Barbarians fixture on Wednesday.

Martyn Williams to win his 100th Wales cap against Barbarians

Caretaker Howley gives Williams chance to win 100th Wales cap against Baa-Baas



16:30 GMT, 8 May 2012

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley will give flanker Martyn Williams the chance to win his 100th Test cap in next month's clash with the Barbarians.

Howley has been placed in charge on a caretaker basis for that match and the following three-Test tour of Australia, after head coach Warren Gatland suffered a foot injury in an accident at home.

He confirmed that Sam Warburton will continue as captain following Wales' successful World Cup and Six Nations campaigns.

Century man: Martyn Williams could win his 100th cap against Barbarians

Century man: Martyn Williams could win his 100th cap against Barbarians

But, with the Australia tour starting just a week after the Baa-Baas Test and Warburton likely to be among a group of players flown Down Under to acclimatise, his fellow Cardiff Blues flanker Williams is set to reach three figures on June 2 at the Millennium Stadium.

'We have taken the decision to ask Martyn to come in and do a job for us for sound rugby reasons,' said Howley.

'We need to start off the summer with a win against the Baa-Baas, but it is also fitting that he will have the chance to run out in front of a Millennium Stadium crowd one last time to say goodbye.

In temporary charge: Rob Howley will lead Wales in the tour with Australia in the absence of Warren Gatland

In temporary charge: Rob Howley will lead Wales in the tour with Australia in the absence of Warren Gatland

'Martyn is the ultimate professional, he will be a proud man on the day, but once the whistle goes he will be one of 15 players looking for victory and he will do the jersey proud, just as he has done 99 times before.'

Williams, now 36, made his international debut against the representative side back in 1996.

Howley, who will announce his full summer training squad next Monday, May 14, said of his elevation: “In these unforeseen circumstances I'm delighted and proud to have been given the opportunity to be the interim head coach.

'The fact that I feel both ready and able to take on the challenges ahead is testament to the integrated approach Warren Gatland has taken to building his international squad and coaching team over the last four years.'

Gavin Henson makes promising return in easy Cardiff win

Cardiff 28 Newport 9: Henson”s promising return as Blues claim comfortable win

Gavin Henson began the long road back to regaining his place in the Wales side on Friday night as he completed his first game since August.

The 29-year-old former golden boy of Welsh rugby provided some classy touches from full back as Cardiff Blues enjoyed a comfortable win in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 competition.

Back in action: Henson playing for Cardiff on Friday

Back in action: Henson playing for Cardiff on Friday

Alex Cuthbert’s two tries were the highlight for Cardiff fans, with lock Bradley Davies adding another as Leigh Halfpenny kicked two conversions and three penalties to lift them to fourth place. But the focus for everybody else was the performance of Henson as he attempts to earn a permanent
deal with the club.

He has been training with the Blues on a short-term contract since October, but his first game was delayed as he took longer than expected to recover from the wrist injury he collected during Wales’s August World Cup warm-up win over England.

Diving in: Henson tackles Martyn Thomas

Diving in: Henson tackles Martyn Thomas

But he came through the contest well, several times joining in the line with intelligent running to add to the attacking options. And key for Henson, capped 33 times by Wales, was that he came through the complete 80

He said: ‘I’m incredibly grateful to the Blues for giving me a chance — it is like a trial thing until the end of the season.

‘The latest injury was quite serious, and the length it has taken to heal has been a little bit of a nightmare, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Everyone knows I’ve been a little bit injury-prone over the last four or five years, so now it is up to me to repay that opportunity and just try to get that long-term contract with them.

Gavin Henson could make Cardiff Blues debut in Heineken Cup

Henson could make surprise Cardiff Blues debut in Heineken Cup

Gavin Henson could be set for a surprise Cardiff Blues debut when they face Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup on Friday, according to backs coach Gareth Baber.

The Wales centre joined the Blues on an eight-month contract in October but has yet to appear for the region as he recovered from the dislocated wrist that ended his World Cup dream.

Flying: Henson playing for Wales

Flying: Henson playing for Wales

The 29-year-old was thought to be likely to make his bow in the RaboDirect Pro12 derbies against the Newport Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys over the festive period, but Baber says Henson has a chance of being in the match-day squad when the Blues go in search of a fourth straight European win at Murrayfield.

Baber said: “He has a little niggle in his hamstring but in terms of his hand he is back to where he needs to be and he will be available going forward.

“He will be in contention for the Dragons game and he is in contention for this week and could possibly be in the 23.

Ambition: Baber posing with the Heineken Cup

Ambition: Baber posing with the Heineken Cup

“He is a quality player and has had the time to get himself together and do his rehab properly, and hopefully when he makes his return he will be right on top of what he needs to do as I am sure there will be a lot of attention around him when he makes his debut for us.”

While Henson is close to a return, former Wales flanker Martyn Williams is two or three weeks away from full fitness after having a plate inserted into the arm he broke against Ulster in September.