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Rugby league: Kevin Sinfield honoured to be England captain for Wales clash

Sinfield delighted to be skipper at last for Tri-Nations clash with Wales



23:02 GMT, 26 October 2012

Twenty-two years after first wearing a captain’s armband with Lancashire Under 10s, Kevin Sinfield achieves his biggest personal honour on Saturday when he leads out England for the Tri-Nations clash with Wales.

Despite being marked out during his teenage years as a future national captain it is only now, aged 32 and with Jamie Peacock retired from international rugby, that he gets his chance. But 10 years leading Leeds have steeled him; it is not an opportunity he is likely to waste.

Key man: Sinfield in action for England against Australia at Wembley last year

Key man: Sinfield in action for England against Australia at Wembley last year

Sinfield said: ‘You have to be a leader of some sort just to be in this squad. Every player involved has got different leadership qualities. At 32 you think your time may have passed, but I’m really looking forward to it.

‘The last month with Leeds, then being made England captain, have been some of the most special moments of my career.

‘I love being involved with the England squad and love the morals and standards we’ve put in place.’

Sinfield’s courage, resilience and intelligence are key attributes, but it is his control and distribution that will be most needed against a Welsh side that lost in France last week.

The Oldham-born stand-off puts one name above all others when he considers his new role as national captain: Ellery Hanley.

Sinfield said: ‘He was the figurehead for British rugby and how he played and led teams left a big mark on me.’

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Rangers latest: Hearts will vote against newco entering SPL

Forget it! Hearts warn they will oppose newco Rangers entry into SPL



16:28 GMT, 21 June 2012

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has revealed his club will vote AGAINST a newco Rangers being accepted into the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The 12 Scottish Premier League clubs – including Rangers – will vote on the issue at a general meeting on July 4, with an 8-4 majority required for the newco to be included.

In a 500-word statement on Hearts' official website, Romanov said: 'Supporters deserve a new beginning and have to accept the fact that their club has to start from the lower league, keeping order in the SPL and without creating unfair competition with other clubs.'

Speaking out: Hearts' owner Vladimir Romanov will vote against a newco Rangers entry into the SPL

Speaking out: Hearts' owner Vladimir Romanov will vote against a newco Rangers entry into the SPL

While expressing sympathy for supporters of Rangers, Romanov – who pointed the finger of blame at various figures – was adamant the Glasgow club should be punished.

He added: 'As regards the club itself, we can only express our deepest condolences to its supporters, who have been lied to for so many years.

Waiting game: New Rangers chief Charles Green

Waiting game: New Rangers chief Charles Green

'It had to happen sooner or later.

'They have lived beyond law and all morals, and should now be declared beyond the pale.'

Ricky Hatton disappointed with Sky split

Former world champion Hatton blasts Sky after surprise split from promotions company



18:00 GMT, 1 May 2012

Ricky Hatton has hit out at Sky after the broadcaster pulled the plug on their TV deal.

The former two-weight world champion will stage his final show with Sky on June 16 in Manchester after being informed he will not be offered any further dates.

But Hatton has revealed his bitter disappointment at the way the relationship was brought to an end.

Hitting out: Ricky Hatton is disappointed with Sky's decision

Hitting out: Ricky Hatton is disappointed with Sky's decision

‘The news came as a blow and I feel we have been unfairly treated, but there are meetings already set up with other TV channels,’ Hatton explained.

‘Next season I am very confident that my fighters will have a big television platform to perform on.

‘I have a great stable of fighters, many champions and a hard working team. TV companies have contacted me – not me them which is encouraging.

‘The most disappointing aspect of it all is the relationship I had with Sky until almost two weeks ago.

‘It isn’t rocket science to work out how well I did for Sky Sports as a boxer and a promoter.

Stable talent: Martin Murray

Stable talent: Martin Murray

‘I was their first world champion to come through without terrestrial TV, gave them their biggest Box Office successes ever and helped make them millions of pounds.

‘They repaid me by telling me I had no more dates by e-mail. There was no phone call to me or anything like that and when the e-mail was sent to my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon – not me.

‘If you finish with a girlfriend by e-mail all your mates would be calling you some right names. I obviously have better morals than they do.’

Hatton Promotions are gearing up for their biggest bill next month at the Manchester Velodrome which includes the all-British clash between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe for the vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title.

The ‘Road to Glory’ card also includes Ryan Rhodes’ fight with Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight title while Martin Murray and Richard Towers will also be in action.

Tickets for ‘Road to Glory’ are now on sale priced 125 (VIP Inner Ringside + exclusive cash bar), 100 Ringside, 55, 35 and 30. Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk.